Don’t ex­pect any changes

The Weekly Vista - - Opinion - Jay Soule Bella Vista

If you think you are go­ing to see any changes in how the COO and the POA Board have been run­ning Bella Vista as a re­sult of all the com­plaints at meet­ings mem­bers have at­tended and let­ters they have been send­ing in, bet­ter think again.

You would think that, if they were re­ally lis­ten­ing to the mem­bers, they would at least con­sider what mem­bers see as gen­er­ally over­spend­ing, the clos­ing of golf cour­ses, build­ing over­priced com­mu­nity build­ings, de­plet­ing POA re­serve money for build­ing ex­pen­sive projects, the Board vot­ing the 700 POA owned lots for the as­sess­ment to sway the vote, gen­er­ally spend­ing us into a fi­nan­cial mess and other changes the mem­bers want to see ad­dressed.

The COO and Board talk a lot about com­mu­ni­ca­tions, but it seems not one of them is lis­ten­ing. The mem­bers are sup­posed to have some in­flu­ence over the run­ning of the POA.

If you haven’t read the let­ter in the POA Up­date of Oct 11 from the Board chair­man called “Let­ter Of Sup­port” for the COO, it ex­plains their po­si­tion very well.

All mem­bers should read this care­fully. The let­ter clearly sup­ports ev­ery­thing the COO has done and will do in the fu­ture and, from that, I as­sume no changes in how things op­er­ate will be made in spite of the mem­bers’ com­plaints. We are in for a con­tin­ued bumpy ride.

I def­i­nitely will vote no for any as­sess­ment pro­posal. I urge you to care­fully con­sider what is hap­pen­ing in Bella Vista when you vote. This is the only re­course that I and all mem­bers now have left in the cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment. Vote no.

Vote John Flynn

When con­sid­er­ing the ap­proach­ing Nov. 6 lo­cal elec­tions, we’d like to place within your con­sid­er­a­tion John D. Flynn, who is run­ning for re-elec­tion to City Coun­cil, Ward 1, Bella Vista. John is mar­ried, has resided in the NWA area since 1996, and has lived in Bella Vista since 2005. He holds a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in eco­nom­ics, a mas­ter’s de­gree in Fi­nance, and a Juris Doc­tor (law de­gree) and has ap­plied this ex­ten­sive ed­u­ca­tional back­ground while act­ing as the gen­eral coun­sel of three cor­po­ra­tions and on the le­gal staff of two For­tune 500 cor­po­ra­tions. John is cur­rently pro­fes­sor of fi­nance and busi­ness law in the grad­u­ate school of the Univer­sity of Arkansas, a po­si­tion he has held for eight years.

While work­ing with John on the Bella Vista Streets Com­mit­tee and through a long-term re­la­tion­ship as mem­bers of St. Theodore’s Epis­co­pal Church, we have found him to be a goal ori­ented and a highly com­pe­tent in­di­vid­ual pos­sess­ing strong an­a­lyt­i­cal skills. He is, as well, a con­ge­nial per­son who dis­plays an open­ness to the opin­ions of oth­ers, a qual­ity which al­lows him to ex­am­ine is­sues from all sides rather than from a pre-de­ter­mined view­point. John is a man of ac­tion who com­bines vast pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence with four years as a Bella Vista Coun­cil Mem­ber, act­ing as mayor pro tem­pore, chair­man of the Streets Com­mit­tee and hold­ing a po­si­tion on the 2018 Ad­ver­tis­ing and Pro­mo­tions Com­mis­sion. He also is in­volved in nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties which en­ables him to stay abreast of is­sues of im­por­tance to his con­stituents.

As a prob­lem-solver and pro­po­nent of con­ser­va­tive fis­cal man­age­ment of city re­sources, John pos­sesses the fore­sight and ex­pe­ri­ence to bring to re­al­iza­tion the vi­brant vi­sion of growth and sta­bil­ity for the great city of Bella Vista.

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