Irregularities mar rec meeting; board signs $300K in receipts
by Greg Knight
The Times-Independent
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The Grand County Recreation Special Service District board received a report from Old Spanish Trail Arena representative Belinda McKinney at its most recent regular meeting April 18. 							     Photo by Greg Knight
The Grand County Recreation Special Service District board received a report from Old Spanish Trail Arena representative Belinda McKinney at its most recent regular meeting April 18. Photo by Greg Knight
In reporting on the regular meeting of the Grand County Recreation Special Service District of April 18, The Times-Independent ran headlong into another story — one where the district’s board held a brief, but not illegal meeting outside of chambers, all while not responding to emailed requests to turn over financial documents related to expenditures that were discussed and approved at that meeting.

The meeting began with a late start at 7:05 p.m. after The Times-Independent discovered a group of three members standing outside in the courtyard of Moab City Center at 7 p.m., the regularly scheduled time for the meeting to begin. The three members present in the courtyard were Patrick Trim, vice-chair Jim Lewis and chair Kathy Wilson. Under Utah law, a group of four or more board members of GCRSSD (which has a seven-member board) is considered a quorum. The board of April 18 consisted of five members (board members Kristin Godwin and David Adams were absent), which is also a quorum under Utah law.

The board’s newest member, Natalie McDowell, was not in the courtyard but rather inside the Moab City Center chambers waiting for the meeting to start. Board member Tif Miller arrived just prior to the start of the official meeting.

The first action by the board involved reorganizing the agenda after a request from Miller to accommodate his schedule. The change to the agenda was approved, moving action items up to allow Miller to vote on them. The board voted to authorize a transfer of $90,000 to its capital improvement reserve and received a report from Old Spanish Trail Arena representative Belinda McKinney.

In McKinney’s report, she informed the board that negotiations are underway regarding the placement of a cell phone tower near the arena.

The accounts payable by the district for the month of April were also approved in the amount of $305,637.18, which includes debt service on the Moab Aquatic Center.

Although not required by the Utah Open and Public Meetings Act, no agendas or supporting documentation were made available to the public at the meeting. Additionally, no audio recordings of the board’s meetings have been posted online since at least November 2017. Under Utah law, a public body must make a recording of an open meeting available to the public within three business days of the meeting.

As of deadline on Tuesday, April 24, The Times-Independent received no response to two emails sent to board secretary Marsha Modine requesting financial documents discussed and voted on in the meeting.

In other business, the meeting of April 18 was the first for new member McDowell. She is a business owner in Moab and is a candidate for Grand County Council. Modine also informed the board that Adams was no longer sitting on the board due to moving out of the district’s area of control.

The next regular meeting of the board is scheduled for May 18.

Editor's note: This version of the story has been updated to change an error in the names of board members not present at the meeting.

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