Before you read any further, keep one thing in mind:

It wasn’t as if someone at last week’s Waterford Village HOA meeting was dredging up old discrepancies from 2015 as a way to needle the the anti-audit HOA board members.

At that meeting it was revealed – as new business – that over $100,000 in erroneous deposits had been discovered in the HOA’s bank account.

So, yeah, naturally, the people within that community who have been calling for the association’s books to be audited felt this was yet another reason to pay a professional to go over the HOA’s finances. What else would you expect them to do? They feel something is up, and the board is acting fishy about the HOA’s money.

When someone at the meeting voiced their opinion that the 6-figures worth of errors provided even further justification for an audit… all hell broke loose.

HOA president Paul Wingard began “screaming at the top of his lungs” according to someone who was there, protesting the audit in the strongest possible terms while also accusing some residents of Waterford Village of being in cahoots with one specific board member – the insinuation being that a group within the community was trying to cause trouble for Wingard and the association.

Wingard himself had the support of at least one other board member, as Denise Vezina expressed her own displeasure for the audit request by angrily pounding her fist against the desk.

Vezina was the HOA president before Wingard, and has also been deeply opposed to having anyone take a hard look at Waterford Village’s finances under her leadership.

After Wingard was done with his tirade he abruptly canceled the remainder of the meeting – without completing all of the unfinished business, according to one board member.

On another note involving Wingard …

Last Thursday, Wingard and his company, Kisinger Campo, were scored as the second place firm by the GSCDD to become Gateway’s official engineer.

The district’s current engineering firm, Tetra Tech, scored the most points in the paperwork submission portion of the evaluation process for the District Engineering contract.

We’ll have more on the District Engineer contract selection process later this week.

But for now it seems one of the front-runners has anger issues, difficulty controlling his emotions, and does not like his authority being challenged at meetings, to go along with his established preference for a low level of transparency.

Wingard will be invited to make his case to the Board of Supervisors to become the next District Engineer on June 21.

Just nobody mention the word “audit” and you should be fine.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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