Peter Brezneys Report on Our Asheville.com
Posted November 15, 2007
URTV Board not following NC Open Meeting Laws, Ignoring personnel handbook and allowing Executive Director to violate established by-laws and policies, valuable employee forced out by board's inaction:
On November 12, 2007 the URTV board of directors voted to remove Peter Brezny from the board. He was the only active producer and outspoken critic of Pat Garlinghouse on the board of directors.
Detailed information regarding violations of established policies by the Executive Director Pat Garlinghouse and the board's executive committee including Mark Wilson, Chairman, and Nelda Holder, Secretary, can be found in the PDF's Below:
October 2007 Treasurer's report (PDF) Treasurers Report
Notice to URTV Producers outlining concerns (PDF)
Brezny's farewell to members (see below)
Under the current leadership, the URTV by-laws, policies and procedures, and other governing documents have been removed from the URTV.org web site. We've placed the latest copies we have available here:
URTV By-laws (PDF)
URTV Policies and Procedures (PDF)
"URTV is a fantastic resource for the community, immediate and decisive action is needed to insure it's long term survival," notes Brezny
See Asheville Citizen Times Article
Brezny's farewell message to members:
From: Peter Brezny [mailto:pb_at_purplecat.net]
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 6:47 PM
Subject: FW: URTV Board Decision
Dear URTV Producers,
As I am sure most of you are aware by now, the URTV board has chosen to remove me as a director of URTV.
I am sorry, though not surprised, that this administrative body has chosen to do so. By this action they have removed the only individual on the board apparently both knowledgeable of and willing to speak out against obvious violations of the bylaws and policies of URTV by the Executive Director Pat Garlinghouse.
Their vote to remove me from the board is a vote against the membership who put me on the board in the first place.
It is a vote for an Executive Director who has denied available equipment to members and alienated a once enthusiastic and supportive membership.
It is a vote for irresponsible purchasing practices that has taken money out of our local economy and placed it in the pockets of Pat's colleagues in Texas.
It's a vote for a board chairman who does not follow the guidelines in the personnel manual--one willing to allow an employee to be, in my opinion, harassed out of a job with no formal investigation.
It's a vote for a board secretary apparently incapable of meeting the guidelines of NC open meeting laws which our station has agreed to abide by, even when it's as simple as posting meeting minutes on the web site and sending notifications of board meetings in advance.
And finally, a vote against the simple and meaningful sound practice of following the established rules and guidelines put in place by those who worked so hard to bring URTV to fruition in the first place.
I am thankful that I had the opportunity to serve the membership as long as I did, and hope that all of you will continue to work toward the long term future of URTV, and find creative, positive, and effective means to let the current board of directors and executive director know that their irresponsible behavior will not be tolerated.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mark Wilson
Date: Nov 12, 2007 4:15 PM
Subject: URTV Board Decision
To: brezny peter
At the meeting of the URTV Board of Directors today, November 12, 2007, a motion for your removal from the Board was approved 7-0 (with 1 abstention).