Perrysburg Heights questions continue PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 10:01
Residents wait outside the locked Perrysburg Heights Community Center where a meeting concerning the future of the center was expected to take place. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
PERRYSBURG - The possibility of an annual meeting of the Perrysburg Heights Community Association Board of Trustees drew about a dozen area residents to the PHCA community center on Jefferson Street Monday night.
However, by 7:15 p.m., no meeting had materialized. Lights appeared to be off in the building, and the front doors were locked.
This is the second board meeting in two weeks not to be held, though some were not sure if Monday's meeting was truly scheduled at all. According to the group's website, and a message sent to the Sentinel-Tribune, such meetings are conducted at the community center on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
A June 18 meeting of the PHCA board was abruptly canceled after alleged threats to multiple board members were reported by Vice President Steven Kramer. Kramer would not comment on the nature of the threats, and Perrysburg Township Police Chief Mark Hetrick said he was unaware of any reports on the matter.
At least one of those gathered Monday said a board member had indicated the meeting was to be held that evening. Others said they had received information about the meeting through other means.
The terms of office for at least some of the board members are set to expire July 1, giving some a sense of urgency for the board to meet.
"Nobody is angry," said one attendee, who wished to be identified only as Molly, about the current situation with the PHCA. "We want to fill the board and we want to listen."
An apparent series of monetary and leadership issues have confronted the PHCA over the past month.
In May, financial troubles prompted a vote of the board to cut paid employees at the community center, and to suspend operations at the center itself. However a second vote later in the month rescinded that action, and the organization tried to move forward with fundraising opportunities.
Earlier this month, PHCA Executive Director Stephanie Serda stepped down. Her mother, Anita Serda, co-founder of the PHCA and organizer of the annual Ohio's South of the Border Festival, was reportedly voted off of the PHCA board during a closed session at the board's May 28 meeting, according to a message written by Serda and posed on the festival's Facebook page. She is also no longer organizing this year's festival, slated for Aug. 9-10. In the Facebook message, Serda cited "personal reasons" for no longer working with the event.
The PHCA and South of the Border Festival's Facebook pages can apparently no longer can be accessed by the public, thought they show up in Google searches.

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