LVCA/Let the facts speak for themselves/5.23.12
During the last several weeks there has been a lot of concern and speculation over the possiblesale and relocation of the Lebanon Valley Council on the Arts property located on Willow Street.Anyone who has ever sat on a Board as a Director understands that the foundation of thatBoard is built on trust and how important that trust is. Trust is what allows a diverse group ofvolunteers to come together to discuss, debate, and decide the actions involved in leading theorganization. Trust is what creates a "safe zone" where all voices are equal. Trust allowsconfidential information to be discussed without fear of disclosure. And trust is what is neededso those voices can speak without fear of retaliation. If that trust is broken, the foundation isshattered.Our foundation has been shattered.On April 19th, unauthorized, confidential information was disclosed prematurely to the members,the media, and the public. This breach of trust has put us in an unenviable position of having toapologize, explain, and attempt to salvage the remains of our organization's credibility. Bothboard members and members of the organization have been horrified over the way businesshas been conducted. The Board of Directors has stayed quiet NOT because it de-valued themembers’ or the public's opinion. Rather, because the Board does not believe that the LVCA'sbusiness should be debated on Facebook, or any other public forum. The place for discussionsis at the Board's table.It is true that we have been in negotiations about the possible sale of the building andrelocation. There was never a time that the LVCA would ever have been homeless, sale or nosale. The negotiations were complex with a lot of investigation. Focus on a new home and thepossibilities it would bring was never lost sight of. Another matter of investigation pertained tothe status of the grants the organization had received and any possible penalties attached.The $100,000.00 grant funded by the State for the purchase of the building has been rumoredto have a 10 year limitation clause attached that would not allow the property to be sold.The state was contacted by the investigating committee for verification on the status of thisgrant and received the following notification on April 23 from the Department of Community &Economic Development:
"The Grant has expired and been closed out-and to recap our discussion we now consider that the grantee has met all obligations of the contract and that the asset purchased with grant fundsis owned by the grantee and they are allowed to dispose of the asset as they see fit, especially since the grant has expired and the grantee retained the asset for a significant amount of time."