TIERRA VERDE – Robb Versandi, a board member of the Tierra Verde Community Association, faces the possibility of losing his seat in a recall election generated by his alleged continual absence at board meetings.
Some 196 signed petitions calling for his removal were presented by association member Dick Barcia to board president Jerry Frulio during an April 11 board meeting.
Barcia told the board Versandi, who represents Sands Point, East Shore and West Shore, had not been at any of the four board meetings since his election. The absence of a single board member at a February meeting created a lack of a quorum, causing the meeting to be canceled, Barcia said.
According to TVCA bylaws, recall action can be instituted against board members with signed petitions from 10 percent of the total regular members or 20 percent of the regular members of the director’s district. A majority of all regular association members must then vote to remove the director.
Directors differed on whether a $1 million Bayway grant was still available. Bill Bouwmeester said that while the deadline for accepting the grant had passed, a member of Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni’s staff had told him the grant would be held in abeyance until the end of 2016. However, board member Jesse Rose said Commissioner Janet Long’s office had told him the money had already been redistributed.
During a report of the finance committee, committee chairman Tom Eskridge proposed a motion that passed unanimously to transfer $25,000 in budgeted funds from beautification to pay for outstanding lighting and reclaimed water bills. This move was to accommodate the current overrun without dipping into TVCA reserves.
Among new business, the board discussed establishing a room rental policy for the TVCA’s community functions regarding obtaining a liability issue waiver and/or a certificate of liability when reservations are accepted. Additionally, there was a consensus of the board to limit sending email blasts to TVCA members regarding TVCA business only.
Also, a process was put in place for contacting the TVCA attorney that no member is to contact the attorney without the approval of the board of directors, or in the case of an emergency, the president may contact the attorney. The motion passed by a vote of 4-3. This process was established in an effort to curtail excessive calls to the attorney that have resulted in exorbitant legal expenses.
The board also heard from several candidates for local political office: Mike Mikurak, who is running for county commission; Jim Frishe, a candidate for Pinellas County Property Appraiser; and Eric Lynn, a candidate for David Jolly’s U.S. House.
Mikurak spoke at the invitation of Tim Landt, chair of TVCA’s government affairs committee. Landt explained that he believed getting politicians into the meetings would enhance the TVCA’s contact with their elected representatives. Landt’s plan is to bring people in every month who are in office or running for office in order “to get to know our (TVCA members’) local officials.”
Landt said County Commissioner Charlie Justice would be the guest speaker next month.
In other action:
• Mary Ann Rendrow, vice chairman of the government affairs committee, presented topics discussed at the committee’s recent meeting. Rendrow elaborated on the subjects in the crosshairs of the committee, including the TVCA contract with Duke Energy, TVCA’s application for membership in the BIG-C (Barrier Islands Government Council), pursuing the Bayway grant, and getting a TVCA representative on the bridge committee.
• Administrator Sean Foley gave a management report that included organizational preparations for the board. Foley gave each board member a looseleaf binder in which he had arranged contact information, insurance documents, schedules, budget, financials, and contracts by tab. Updates and revisions will be supplied by Foley as appropriate, so the binders may be passed on to future board members.
• Bouwmeester reported association members had complained about the infrequency of mowing, the failure to remove dead shrubs and the neglect of vacant lots by ProCare.