Town Council will vote this Wednesday as a consent agenda item to appoint a new member to the Conceptual Design Review Board (DCRB). This individual will fill the vacancy that was opened when the council voted 4-3 two weeks ago not to reappoinnt resident Gil Alexander.
The the appointee's name is Kelly Huber. She is an individual with arts management background. We think she's lived in Oro Valley for about three years. She has been a volunteer in the Oro Valley planning department and has attended the citizen' Community Academy. You can read her application here.
This is likely the individual that Council Member Waters said that "they" were nurturing in order to provide diversification to the CDRB. Waters said during the council meeting two weeks ago that there were simply too many engineers on the board. What he was really saying, we think, is that "they" wanted to open a position for Ms. Huber.
We do not know the educational and professional background of every member of the board. Certainly, it is appropriate so someone with an arts background to be on CDRB. In fact, it is one of the stated membership profiles for CDRB.
We wonder, though: "Was it really necessary for Mayor Hiremath and Vice Mayor orders to conjure up a reason to not appoint Gil Alexander?" After all, people sit on a board at the pleasure of council. There is no guarantee that the council will reappoint an individual; and there is no reason that needs to be given for them not to do so.
Rather than simply doing that however the Mayor and Vice Mayor Waters alleged that Mr. Alexander had engaged in an unethical activity by speaking at Council meetings on CDRB related matters that might come before council.
Mr. Alexander, at the town Council meeting two weeks ago, proved that this had never been the case. When questioned by Council Member Bill Garner on what allegedly happened and why whatever might have happened would be an ethical violation , the Mayor slammed the gavel and closed discussion of the matter. The Mayor simply was not going to be questioned. Actually, though, there was no proof. We have previously posted the video which clearly shows the mayor's anger and his disrespect for Council Member Garner.
So, we ask again: "Why smear the reputation of an individual simply to put someone else on the CDRB?" It makes absolutely no sense. What are we missing? What is the "rest of the story?"