I had a meeting with newly-elected Oakland Mills Village Board member Ginny Thomas about a week and a half ago, and her last words to me were to the effect of, "Bill, if you see us doing something we shouldn't be doing, please, please call us out on it."
Wow, this didn't take long. Think they could've waited for their first meeting?
So postponing the regularly scheduled programming for this. I understand that members of the CA Board have been receiving e-mails from certain members of the Oakland Mills Village Board, claiming that, among other things, that the "Constitutional rights" of Oakland Mills residents are being violated by the refusal at this time to seat Reg Avery as the Columbia Council/CA Board rep from Oakland Mills. You can look at this item for Thursday night's CA Board meeting agenda here. I haven't seen these e-mails but I understand they're coming from the same OMVB members who are also part of the Oakland Mills Improvement Association.
I have often been a critic of the CA Board's policy decisions but I have praised them too. And this is a matter of procedure. Which makes the actions of these OMVB members (who, by these actions, are certainly not representing me) simply ridiculous.
Let's recap this. Reg Avery is currently a candidate for the Howard County Council. CA's governing documents clearly state that a candidate for public office can not serve on the CA Board. CA has legal authority not to seat someone who has this conflict. Therefore CA has done nothing wrong.
To continue to recap. Reg Avery is the one who needs to ask for a waiver from this policy. Such a waiver has been granted in the past, though I believe, not for someone who is a current candidate for office.
And let's keep walking down Recap Lane, to how OM stupidly got itself in this mess. The former CA Board rep, Alex Hekimian, was widely assumed to be running again for office. As recently as the last board meeting before the filing deadline, he gave indications that he was running again. Of course, he'll say he never did any such thing. Whatever. I know what I saw and heard. Anyway, because no one was going to oppose Alex, because running against Alex means running against a bunch of people who lie and say and do horrible things, no one opposed him.
So in the closing minutes before the filing deadline for village office, in comes Reg Avery to file for CA Board rep. Some have told me Alex was with Reg but those who have told me were not direct witnesses. (Update 1:52pm: someone who did witness Reg filing for CA Board stated to me that Reg was alone.) I therefore contend that competition in Oakland Mills for CA Board was suppressed so that Reg could ease his way into office.
Of course, Reg forgot about those rules. So did the OMVB people who have disgraced the village by their attempts to bully the CA Board. Why should the CA Board seat Reg and go against their own policy? For crying out loud, there is a process for a waiver, it has been granted in the past-- Reg Avery should just be a man and follow it! And he needs to tell these common OMVB members to shut it up. Want to be a leader, Reg? Be one!
I wonder if the OMVB/OMIA members will be there in person Thursday evening to continue to attempt to bully the CA Board? I wonder if Reg will man up and ask for a waiver? I do know this, I will be there to speak the truth about the great village of Oakland Mills to anyone who'll listen.
Happy first day of the NFL draft, which is Thursday!
Let's be careful out there.
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