Is it functioning properly?
At the last meeting – Monday June 8 – the members dealt with serious matters without the assistance of Area C Director Mark Pendergraft, Alternate Dennis Potter or any staff from the Penticton office RDOS.
The lack of staff makes it difficult to understand complex matters without a uniform approach to getting documents to members. The have requested that policy take place with all documents sent as printable .pdf’s. Only two of the members knew about a new policy that says nothing will be sent in the mail.
A new election sees Peter Beckett elected Chair, Mark McKenney Vice Chair and Bonnie Douglas Secretary.
Past Chair Dwayne Svendsen did not seek re-election. Other APC members Gerald Hesketh, Bill Plaskett, and Grant Montgomery.
A letter to ODN this morning from resident Rick Deis questions the choices for APC members with only 1 female and no south Asians.
Deis said decisions were being made without professional input and low attendance – those meeting could have been delayed. We have not printed the entire letter because of comments about some members. All that has been communicated to RDOS CAO Bill Newell and Chair Mark Pendergraft.
Deis mentioned that many meetings are very short in time length. The last meeting lasted almost two hours.
“My initial thoughts and reaction is there are a lot of assumptions made by Mr. Deis that are not accurate. I would give Mr. Deis credit for taking the time and effort to go back through the past APC minutes, however it appears that he only got out of those minutes bits and pieces that serve his purpose. Obviously he is not happy with the results of the APC meeting on the issue referred to(also not happy with the RDOS Board recommendation), but he did not take the time to ask me or any of the APC members for any explanation on the allegations in his letter, I believe I did get one email from Mr. Deis but it was not directed to me specifically but to RDOS staff. Thus I can only conclude that he had no desire to get to the truth but preferred to sling mud instead.”
Mark Pendergraft – Area A Director/Chair of RDOS