Wellington Council’s extended meeting brings little progress to Wheat Capital controversy

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Thank you for your input. -4 Vote up Vote down WellyWonka · 294 weeks ago Let me be the first to call b.s. on Hamlin. I’m telling you, she’s hiding something. Receipt and expenditure audit will clear the air one way or the other. Report Reply 4 replies · active 293 weeks ago -9 Vote up Vote down WellyWonka · 294 weeks ago •The U.S. Department of Housing and Development has given the WCM an exceptional review for 10 years running after its annual audit. *****This is not a full audit-it only balances the books. Dig deeper-there is a misuse of funds or else she would welcome an audit to clear her name. Report Reply 2 replies · active 294 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 294 weeks ago Was this a council meeting or a WHA meeting? I would think if it were a city council meeting the housing board would not be required to attend. Are members of the WHA paid to serve on this board? I don’t believe so, but the council and Ms. Hamlin are paid! I would not have attended that free for all either if I were a board member…what a joke this has become. Really council, REALLY? Report Reply 1 reply · active 294 weeks ago +17 Vote up Vote down resident2014 85p · 294 weeks ago “Eckert said he would be the person in charge of such an investigation but he would like to hear from both sides before making any recommendations. He said he was having a hard time getting hold of the other side.” Kudos to Eckert for wanting to get both sides of the story before going off and asking how to replace those who are obviously dedicated members of the WCM. Report Reply 3 replies · active 293 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down David Edge · 294 weeks ago What on earth could she possible have to hide? You sure do know a lot about the audits, Are you in close relations with such matters? Melissa has done nothing but good for the WHA and the people that have lived here, she is a good person with a good heart. Report Reply 4 replies · active 293 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down truthteller · 294 weeks ago I simply can’t believe all the nasty. unfounded, libelous allegations being thrown at Melissa Hamlin on this website by people who have absolutely no idea what they’re talking about. Cueball chastises me for being “rude” when I told someone to “get a life”, yet allows these kind of slanderous comments??? Report Reply 7 replies · active 293 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 294 weeks ago Why do I get the feeling this isn’t even something that should be put out for public consumption? Close the doors and have a non-biased third party mediate this mess. Both sides should be able to state their case and provide supporting evidence. You know there’s 3 sides to every story: my side, your side and the truth. So far it just seems like a lot of allegations, mud slinging and blame shifting. Report Reply 7 replies · active 293 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 294 weeks ago What is the WCM , WHA and why are they acting like toddlers? I read this entire article and had no idea what it was talking about. Report Reply 5 replies · active 294 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Jane · 294 weeks ago Have to say WOW! What a mess. I know many of the people involved on both sides and know them to be decent nice people. Likewise, there appears to be a couple on both sides that like to stir the pot which puts them in the limelight via controversy. I am surprised one of the people on the WCM board was allowed on another board after the upheaval on the library board. Someone needs to do their homework better before deciding board members. In addition, it concerns me that some of the Wellington City council members cannot hide their obvious affiliation with one side or the other. I hope some unbiased person or group can get to the bottom of this and get it over with. Report Reply 0 replies · active 294 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down David Edge · 294 weeks ago I love my home. (WCM) I love the people that work in the home that I am blessed enough to have and I love the life long friends and new family I have gained by living here. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and try to understand. To the staff it’s more than a place they work and to the ones of us that live here they are more than just staff members. They become our friends, People we trust and love and know we can count on. I do agree on one thing, this had gone on long enough and it needs to come to an end. Report Reply 11 replies · active 293 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Very little was accomplished at the Wellington City Council meeting #2 held at the Wheat Capital Manor today.All six council members were in attendance, but three Wellington Housing Authority board members: J.P. Buellesfeld, Kelli McComb and Darlene Ferguson were not.The council made the unusual motion at last week’s meeting to extend the discussion of problems between the WCM administration and three members of the WHA to today at the manor recreation room so that both sides could be represented. However, since the three members were not there, much of what was discussed were points already previously made at the council meeting and in Friday’s Newscow article (click here).Melissa HamlinWHA Executive Director Melissa Hamlin opened the meeting reviewing items related to the controversy including a timeline of the various e-mails from WHA Chairman J.P. Buellesfeld and incidents surrounding those e-mails.Hamlin also addressed what she felt were several discrepancies in the Newscow article and the comments section.Hamlin stated: •The e-mail for which three members of the staff  and their families were not to contact the board members was sent on Nov. 17. The impetus for which the e-mail was made: i.e. Mike Hamlin, Melissa’s husband, bringing the HUD guideline handbook to the office in a rude manner, occurred on Nov. 25.•Mr. Hamlin has never been in board member’s Kelli McComb’s office as was reported.•Ms. Hamlin had never named the candidates that were up for a job position, as was alleged by board members. Editor’s Note: Hamlin had never used names in describing job applicants, but at a press meeting held in early December, she did describe the relationships of the applicants to a WHA board member.   •The U.S. Department of Housing and Development has given the WCM an exceptional review for 10 years running after its annual audit.•Tim Nance was hired to do lawn care after the WCM fired the lawn care company previously to finish off the year.Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said he felt this could be worked out through open discussion by both sides. He said he met with Hamlin and McComb earlier last week and felt it was a productive meeting.Wellington council member Jim Valentine asked Eckert if an investigation was recommended. Eckert said he would be the person in charge of such an investigation but he would like to hear from both sides before making any recommendations. He said he was having a hard time getting hold of the other side.Wellington council member Vince Wetta asked Hamlin if she felt threatened for her job. Hamlin said yes she has especially after e-mails that said she needed to hire an attorney and not to contact the board members.WHA board member Dennis Guinn, one of two WHA members at the meeting, said he was worried if an emergency developed, for example a boiler going out, Hamlin would not be able to move forward because she could not contact board members.Wellington council member John Brand said he can’t blame the three members for not attending today’s meeting because it was before Christmas and they weren’t contacted before the meeting date was set by the council.Wetta asked hypothetically that if you got rid of the three WHA board members, who would you have to replace them? “I’ll be honest with you, it does feel kind of intimidating coming into a room like this when you have all these people here demanding answers,” Brand said.Hutchison responded by saying, “Oh, yeah, we are intimidating with all our wheel chairs.”Board member B.J. Tracy said the new bylaws state that advisory and authority board members can’t miss three meetings in a row. The Nov. 25 WHA meeting was canceled due to not having a forum.Council member Jan Korte said she felt an investigation is needed which would result with the city attorney making a recommendation. She felt the divisiveness stems from personalities not because of HUD stipulations not being adhered to.Wetta asked Hamlin when did this conflict between her and the WHA members occur. She said everything was fine up until the two hirings.Wetta suggested the city council should all attend the WHA meeting on Dec. 30. Stallbaumer said he worries that it could be a violation of the open meetings act if all the members were there.Hamlin said she no longer trusts the three WHA members anymore after they turned the information upside down in the newspaper. Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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