New POA gets mixed reviews at first meeting
By Dwayne Bremer
Jun 27, 2014, 20:26
Diamondhead's new Property Owners Assoc. board held its first meeting Thursday in front of a packed Emerald Room at the Country Club.
On Saturday, Diamondhead voters ousted several incumbents, leaving only three holdovers on the new board.
Newly-minted POA President John Fletcher opened the meeting by announcing the board had tabled paying for legal fees associated with the arrest of former president Marshal Kyger a few weeks ago.
Kyger was charged with simple assault on June 4 after a resident filed charges in municipal court saying Kyger "shook and assaulted" her" after a POA meeting.
Last week, the previous POA board reportedly agreed to have the POA pay for Kyger's legal fees in the case.
Fletcher said Thursday that the matter was discussed with "an independent" counsel and the board decided to table it until the next meeting.
Kyger did not run for reelection, but under the POA's by-laws, he will continue to serve as a board member because of his past-president status.
After announcing the Kyger matter, Flectcher opened the meeting up for comments from POA members.
Fletcher took a microphone around the room and invited anyone to ask questions or make statements.
Several residents praised Fletcher for conducting an "open" meeting, but other residents expressed concerns about Fletcher's plans to cut POA dues.
"The amenities have to be maintained," Joe Murray said.
"We don't need to cut the dues and have our community looking like a trash pit around here," another woman said.
Former Councilman Hank Holcomb questioned new POA Secretary Michael Schafer about a possible conflict with him sitting on both the POA Board and the Diamondhead Water and Sewer Board at the same time.
Schafer said he had consulted with an attorney and found that there was no conflict.
Another resident asked Fletcher about his involvement with two lawsuits against the POA.
"How can you represent the POA when you are suing the POA," the man said.
Fletcher said the lawsuits were filed before he ran for POA president and he hopes to have them resolved soon.
Fletcher said Friday that he was happy that so many resident showed up and expressed concerns and opinions. He said his main goals are lowering dues and improving the transparency of the POA.