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Can Oakmont Afford Another Contentious Issue?

Bruce Bon is to be thanked for his considerable efforts in getting the Town Hall presentation with Oakmont Village Association and Oakmont Golf Club moving in a more informative direction. 

In anticipation of Tuesday’s June 5th Town Hall there are some notable facts to keep in mind:

  • The Oakmont Golf Club (OGC) is looking to have an OVA subsidy included in the 2019 budget, the planning for which starts in August/September.
  • Previously, the OGC voiced its interest in being included in the 2017 budget. The understanding is that the request came too late in the budgeting process.
  • According to former OVA President Gloria Young, no formal discussions took place with the 2017 Board for inclusion in the 2018 budget.

  • Bruce was instrumental in rescheduling the July 10th OVA/OGC Town Hall to June 5 and also revising the “Debate” format such that ❝OGC proponents on the panel [would] respond to questions and proposals❞ from community members.
  • The objective of the June 5th Town Hall is to shift away from discussions of a direct monthly subsidy of OGC, and to move past the idea of a “bailout” while exploring other reasonable options.
  • A final fact of note is that John Theilade, Director of Golf,  just recently resigned from OGC.

Residents are understandably concerned and are registering their apprehensions:

  • OGC is a private, for-profit business consisting of 400± members many of whom also vote in the OVA elections.
  • Oakmont Community Development Committee recently voiced their concerns… ❝They were concerned that our OVA attorney also represents the OGC as this poses a conflict of interest.  Also mentioned were concerns about Board Directors who are members of the OGC.❞ The confusion regarding OGC membership of other Directors needs to be addressed and cleared up (disclosed).
  • During the campaign, incumbent candidates Lynda Oneto and Karen Oswald voiced their opinions of wanting to explore alternatives as opposed to a bailout or “subsidy” funded with OVA members’ dues. The opinions of the new Directors will hopefully be part of the Tuesday presentation.

I share Bruce’s optimism that this new OVA Board will do what it can to provide the community an opportunity to voice their questions, suggestions, and opinions in the June 5th Town Hall. However, I also sympathize with reasonable member concerns voiced above and on Social Media. Given the possibility of conflicts of interest, can this Board ethically and fiducially make such a decision without going to a vote of the OVA membership?

In actuality, is it not very premature to even be considering a decision on this matter for the 2019 budget? In the absence of a potential vote of the membership, I would like to see the Board defer the decision for at least a year and assign an impartial advisory committee chartered to explore all of the options prior to any type of Board vote later in 2019.

OVA/OGC Town Hall Event: June 5th, from 6 – 9 PM in the Berger Center.

Read more about the Oakmont Golf Club HERE.

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  1. Nancy Caldwell on June 4, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    I see no name for whoever it was who wrote the above comments. I am curious about who it might be. Well said comments but the author needs to be identified. Will you enlighten us? Thanks!

    • Greg Gewalt on June 4, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      Nancy – Right below the title, each post has the author’s name and date of the post.

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