CLINTON — Marina manager Greg Forrest responded Thursday to allegations made against him by boat shop owner Jeff Gibbs. Forrest’s comments came during the DeWitt County Board meeting.
Gibbs has addressed the board several times about what he claims is poor management of the Clinton Lake marina. Forrest’s company FAB is under contract with the county to manage the marina. After Gibbs’ initial charges in early March, Forrest told the board his attorney advised him not to comment on the matter. But, Forrest addressed some of Gibbs’ claims Thursday.
While Forrest agreed with Gibbs’ that a survey of lake slip renters the county conducted was a good idea, he said the survey addressed only about 10 percent of the marina’s customer base. Recent issues regarding the marina also illustrated the “true need for a marina committee,” Forrest said. He said there was about a 50 percent response rate to the survey, and he thanked everyone who participated. Forrest said slip renters who did not respond to the survey might not have renewed their slip rentals by the deadline. He also said that all of his employees would read the survey responses.
“They have a lot of very good information in them,” Forrest said. Some surveys also contained what Forrest characterized as some destructive comments and inaccurate comments.
One of the first acts by the board after the November 2012 election was to dissolve its committee system. The board went to three full meetings per month, which requires all business to go before the board rather than first being screened by committees made up of board members.
Some residents have voiced concerns that items of county business are being ignored because of the new process. Board member Dan Ballenger has expressed his feeling that the temporary committee formed to organize some work at the marina was dissolved before the committee’s work was completed.For the complete article see the 04-23-2013 issue.
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