By Ken Stern 

Recall petitions filed on 5 Shelter Bay directors


April 19, 2023

The turmoil continues in Shelter Bay. Resident Judy Kontos filed five petitions, one against each executive committee member of the Shelter Bay Community board of directors, Thursday, April 13. The day before Kontos, elected to the board in May, was ousted from the board by a 55% yes vote of 492 of residents. This followed Kontos’ sanction and suspension from the board in February.

“Collectively, I delivered over 1,000 signatures,” Kontos told the Weekly News Monday. Each petition had 220 signatures, she said. Community rules require 25% of the households, one per lot, or 218 leaseholders.

The petitions against Board President Wendy Poulton, Vice President Joseph Hurley, Treasurer Louise Kari, Secretary Monte Hicks and Secretary pro tem Elaine Dixon read the same: “In accordance with Shelter Bay Community, Inc. Article V, Section 2, we the undersigned members of Shelter Bay Community, Inc. and Shelter Bay Company call for an immediate mailing of 10 day notices to each member to facilitate a RECALL VOTE of the following Officer (name).”

Kontos said the clock has been running since Thursday. She believes it is up to the three uninvolved board members, Gary Ladd, Dan McCaughan and Nancy Shimeall, to manage the recall process, though she noted the process is not clear. Hicks is board secretary but under recall.

Kontos filed copies with Anne Serwold, but not the originals. There is no trust. “If they want to challenge a signature I will be more than happy to bring them over;” she said, “but I not going to make the petitions available.”

The petition process requires scheduling a special meeting of residents. Its purpose will be to have the community vote on recalling each board officer individually.

“We want our meeting, and we want our vote,” Kontos wrote in an email.

April 22 is the tenth day after April 13.


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