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Opinion: It’s time to cut IVGID board, employees some slack

Bob Lyons
Special to the Bonanza

I have been a full time Incline resident since 2006. I retired from a 43-year career in high tech (most recently with HP, Visa International and others) in 2012.

I have been active in the community, in particular as relates to the Diamond Peak Master Plan and Ordinance 7. On another issue, IVGID sought me out for my technical expertise regarding their hardware and software infrastructure refresh, a project I support after gaining an understanding of the business and technical challenges they face.

I am writing because it saddens me to see our local government and board of trustees constantly under fire from parcel owners; and it appears to me that many residents do not collect and analyze all of the facts before voicing their opinions.

I have attended several board meetings and I am a regular reader of the Bonanza. I have witnessed IVGID management and the BOT sit quietly and accept verbal abuse from parcel owners in every meeting I have attended.

“Many of the issues the locals have with IVGID are related to the $830 rec fee and IVGID’s internal accounting procedures. To me, $830 is a bargain for access to our impeccably maintained amenities, although I do feel that improvements are needed to the Champ Course (too many special interest groups) and the beach overcrowding issue, which needs to be taken head on.”

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While I do not agree 100 percent with everything IVGID has done and/or proposed, I do think they deserve more respect from all of us. I know many IVGID employees and managers personally and professionally, and I think it is unfair to constantly scrutinize and challenge them, as they are trying to do the best job possible in a difficult environment.

We live in a paradise on one of the most gorgeous lakes in the world, and despite this, every time I attend a town hall meeting or open up the Bonanza, one would think our little world is falling apart.

Many of the issues the locals have with IVGID are related to the $830 rec fee and IVGID's internal accounting procedures. To me, $830 is a bargain for access to our impeccably maintained amenities, although I do feel that improvements are needed to the Champ Course (too many special interest groups) and the beach overcrowding issue, which needs to be taken head on.

As far as the accounting for how the rec fees are used after collected, quite frankly, I don't care. Why don't I care? Simple. I am a practical person and I measure everything in Lone Eagle dollars — and with an average of two glasses of Chardonnay, including tip, my annual rec fee would be recovered by avoiding 20.7 trips to the Lone Eagle each year.

That being said, I respect the opinion of those who do question how the funds are used and those who request transparency regarding accounting practices.

To my fellow parcel owners I offer something for your consideration: The next time you attend a town hall meeting or write a negative letter to the Bonanza concerning IVGID or the BOT, think about how you would feel if you were a trustee/IVGID manager/employee and were on the receiving end of your own message.

My point is that there are nicer ways to voice your concerns. Respect begets respect.

Bob Lyons is an Incline Village resident.