I had a bad day on August 18, 2014, and it spilled over into that night's VOM meeting. I had problems with my internet provider, msn, which prevented me for sending emails, tech support took too long and didn’t fix the problem, and I was tied up for more than an hour with Geek Squad who was trying to fix it; management kept trying to change the time of our meeting and I couldn’t contact them to get that strengthen out, etc., etc.
At the same time I was trying to prepare for the meeting. I also received emails, two on that day and one earlier in the week, which seemed more like a call to arms for opposition forces to attend that meeting. Because of all these circumstances, I suppose I was more than a bit peeved prior to the meeting, and more than ready for the fight. My behavior was much less than appropriate and I apologize. Not so much for what I said, but the way I said it.
What I can say in my defense is that the meeting took the turn that I expected: an argument about building on the open space that used to be the golf course. This is the platform for which we, the new Board Members were elected. This issue should be over, but for a certain few it isn’t.
There are some homeowners, mostly living in one community whose leadership feels that it is a better situation that 350 townhomes to be built on 104 of the 125.2 acres of open space that, according to a covenant is to revert to VOM if certain conditions occur. Those conditions have occurred. They would prefer building on the open space rather than a 400+ unit apartment building to be built on the 6.4 acres that the same covenant allows the title holder to retain.
The two most vocal leaders of that faction, former Board Members Jerome Cooper and Denise Roberts’ re-election argument was to promote the development of that open space. Mr. Cooper, who lives in Saxony Square/Kingsley Hall, said at an open meeting that he prefers that the development take place on the open space rather than on the 6.4 acres that undoubtedly belongs to the title holder because that 6.4 acres “is right across the street from my house.” Well, many of those 350 town homes will be right in back of our houses.
So, you might say I was primed for the fight and I overreacted. I apologize for my behavior which was inappropriate, but not for my intent. I will work hard to keep my passion for doing the right thing in check. I also will continue to fight against the development of that open space which is what our constituents voted us in to do. Again, apologies.
Villages of Marlborough Community Association, Inc.
Robert Bowers, President
Date, time and place of BOD Meetings:
Villages of Marlborough Community Association Board of Directors Meetings are held at Wise High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, Lecture Room 2, Until the end of this year. The next meeting is at 7:00 to 9:00 pm, August 18, 2014. .
The next Board of Directors Meeting will be held on August 18, 2014. We have asked the Prince George County Gang Task Force to make a presentation.
We are unclear at this time if the Task Force can arrange to attend this meeting. In any event, the topic of discussion will be Safety and Security; what is being done to make our community safer. We need your input. Please plan to attend.
MEETING WITH CONSULTANT REGARDING THE FUTURE OF THE GOLF COURSE.
The Representatives of the Board of Directors and our attorney met with Consultant Donzell Robinson, Director of Key Bridge Foundation, on July 30, 2014, and August 6, 2014, as requested. The purpose was to find a way to move forward. Mr. Robinson was hired by the Park and Planning Commission at the request of Councilman Darrick Leon Davis to help the investor group, Codale, and VOM to find a way to resolve any differences we may have. One of the many questions asked by our representatives was to define moving forward. We are waiting for an answer.
Mr. Robinson reiterated that the main purpose of the meeting was to explain the process. As far as our side in concerned the process was explained it the covenant that runs with the land. That covenant basically states that if the golf course ceases to exist for 365 days, that open space automatically reverts to the Villages of Marlborough Community Association. The recorded covenant cannot be changed without the consent of a requisite percentage of the entire membership for the community and first mortgagees.
Mr. Robinson mentioned that he wanted to meet with the community to explain the process. The representatives were open to such a meeting. All we need is to set a date and time agreeable to the community. It’s unclear if Mr. Robinson will pursue this option.
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