An e-mail from the URTV Board of Directors announced that, instead of a member’s meeting to decide the fate of embattled board member Davyne Dial, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow in the public-access channel’s offices there will be a “poll of the membership” to decide whether she will remain on the board.
The message, sent by URTV Director of Programming Curt Arledge and signed “URTV Board of Directors,” stated that “the URTV poll, April 29, 2009, will be open during busines hours, 1 – 10 pm, in response to many requests from the membership who wish to vote.”
The announcement adds that anyone who was a URTV member as of Feb. 28 will be able to vote and “will be asked to initial a checklist and then given a separate secret ballot on which to cast your vote.”
The meeting of the station’s membership had originally been scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 29.
Dial, who has been vocally critical of the station’s management, has been facing an attempt to remove her from the board since its executive committee voted to recommend dismissing her in February. However, the board made no attempt to dismiss her at its last meeting, and she (along with fellow board member Richard Bernier, who the committee also recommended removing) participated as a board member.
At that meeting, URTV producer Dale Joyner asserted that Dial had brought negative publicity to URTV, and Joyner presented to the board a petition signed by 26 producers requesting Dial’s removal. The petition requested that the board discuss the matter.
URTV’s attorney later said that the petition constituted a call for a special meeting to vote on Dial’s removal.
The law states that “A director elected by members may be removed by the members only at a meeting called for the purpose of removing the director and the meeting notice shall state that the purpose, or one of the purposes, of the meeting is removal of the director.”
— David Forbes, staff writer