without Board approval because he boasts in an email to a fellow director that this “was and is not a Board issue.”
If permitted to stand, Chris Allison's action allowing Miller & Smith and its builders to vote non-member Trust lots empowers Miller & Smith to dominate every election at Lake Holiday for the foreseeable future – including votes on new governing documents. Chris Allison's action completely undercuts the democratic process because it gives a vote to non-members. Chris Allison's action goes against every precedent and election at Lake Holiday since 1984 – including the most recent election in June of 2006 – because the Trust lots have not been voted in past elections. Chris Allison fundamentally breached his fiduciary duty as set forth in LHCC's Articles of Incorporation to promote the “welfare of the members” because allowing non-members to vote and dominate elections is fundamentally counter to serving the welfare of those members.
Chris Allison's culpability is crystal clear. But what about the rest of the Board?
Chris Allison did all of this without Board approval, and he has bragged about this to a fellow director. He overstepped every reasonable bound. We think the time has long since passed for the Board to remove Chris Allison. A number of members have questioned individual Board members about Chris Allison's behavior in the October 2006 election and asked them to address it. But to date, the Board has done nothing and
refused to address this problem. Apparently, individual Board members continue to accept Chris Allison's tortured explanations and do not obtain independent counsel on the appropriateness of his out-of-control behavior. However, they can not plead ignorance, and they can not disavow responsibility. We think the Board's failure to act in the face of this clearly documented election manipulation causes them to share Chris Allison's guilt. Do you agree?
What is your opinion on this important question?
PS – Miller & Smith can't vote the Trust lots in this vote.
Connie Olson says
Thanks for this information. Is there any legal action being taken to challenge the election results and the eligibility of non-members votes?