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I am sorry for posting various topics over recent weeks as our 8 unit strata in Melbourne is very dysfunctional.
I am looking for advice on how to handle the following tricky problem:
I am treasurer and have been having conversations with the new chairperson. The chairperson and another unit holder have been pushing for the removal of the current gardener/maintenance man with the previous man. When I have challenged the chairperson on the horticultural qualifications and the excess charge for materials by the previous gardener, she has swept the questions under the carpet. She seems to have a vendetta against the current gardener.
Recently the chairperson held a hastily notified meeting (less than 1 days notice) where there was 1) a vote on removing the current gardener and 2) vote for installing the previous gardener (as this is the cheapest quote from 3 quotes excluding the current gardener). With 4 Yes and 3 No for 1) the motion was passed to remove the current gardener. I did not stay for the second vote. One person did not vote. When I left the meeting I met this person – they said they would vote No for removing the current gardener. We have received no communication from the chairperson about the results of these votes.
In all of this, the chairperson has not acted fairly and objectively.
Subsequently the strata manager told us that the meeting was invalid as 3 days notice wasn’t given and no agenda was provided.
It is most likely another meeting will need to be held with a proper agenda. What can I do to make sure everything is done fairly and objectively?. When the agenda comes out, I was thinking that I reply with 1) the suggestion that all quotes including the previous gardener should be assessed against criteria (such as qualifications, experience, services provided and costs) and 2) cost comparison between the current gardener and the previous gardener showing the current gardener is much cheaper than the previous gardener.
Your thoughts and suggestions are most welcome.
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