In violation of its own bylaws — which require at least seven days’ notice — the URTV Board of Directors will hold a special meeting tomorrow to vote on a new set of bylaws that would eliminate the current membership structure and place more power in the board’s hands.
The board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 216 Shelburne Road, where Board President Jerry Young is an associate pastor. The meeting is open to the public.
The only agenda items are the vote on the new bylaws and a report from the board’s nominating committee. The changes to the bylaws will need to pass with a two-thirds majority of the board to go into effect.
The meeting is rescheduled from May 21, when the board had to cancel their regularly scheduled meeting due to an inability to unlock their normal meeting place at the Buncombe County television offices.
On that day, Young told board members, onlookers and the press that a new meeting date would be announced “within the next couple of days.”
URTV’s bylaws state that “notices of Special Board Meetings must be mailed by first-class mail, or distributed via fax or e-mail, to each of the directors at least seven (7) days before such meeting.”
E-mails obtained by Xpress show that URTV Executive Director Pat Garlinghouse began asking board members when they could meet last Friday and sent a notice of the board meeting out yesterday morning.
When asked by Xpress today to clarify when the meeting was officially announced, Garlinghouse said, “I don’t know.” When asked who might know, she replied, “No one here. I don’t know.”
Young has not yet returned calls for comment.
— David Forbes, staff writer