Cracks are appearing in the foundation that supports the Simes House.
Not the actual foundation, but the organization dedicated to restoring the mansion on Manomet Point Road.
At last Wednesday’s membership meeting, Randy Parker was removed as president of the Simes House Foundation. The vote to remove him was, according to Parker, 58 to 31. The no votes, he claims, included 48 proxy votes which had not been notarized as required.
In an e-mail, Simes House Foundation Vice-President Jim Pierson states the votes, notarized or not, were cast as an affirmation of the previous Board of Director’s vote to remove Parker as President. The board, including Parker, unanimously agreed to accept non-notarized proxies at the meeting, Pierson wrote.
Parker had submitted his resignation in August, but after speaking with friends and family, attempted to rescind it before the meeting.
Parker blames the rift on an “issue of trust” between himself and fellow director Will Shain. He also cited various disputes with his fellow board members, including a disagreement over whether to install a full commercial kitchen, which he supported, and the pace at which work is being done to the interior of the house.
The motion to remove him cited violations of the code of ethics and “actions inconsistent with Board decisions.”
A statement released by stated that “a vote was taken to reaffirm a previous action of the Board of Directors. The result… is the removal of J. Randolph “Randy” Parker as President of the Foundation. This action is allowed and consistent with the by-laws that the foundation has operated under since its inception.”
Parker also claims a philosophical difference between himself and some board members, saying they have what he calls an aristocratic view of how the Simes House should be restored while he says he sees it as a “people’s house.” A working kitchen, he says, would be consistent with that vision and would serve as a revenue generator for the project.
In his resignation letter, Parker also cited disagreements with other board members over the acquisition of Saint Catherine’s Chapel Park, and the authority of the foundation’s building committee in deciding how to proceed with the renovation.
Parker remains on the Simes House Foundation Board of Directors.His term expires in 2016. He says he remains dedicated to its restoration.
Simes House Foundation Director Will Shain have been contacted for comment on this story.
Disclosure: The Manomet Current is a small business member of the Simes House Foundation. No one from The Manomet Current attended the meeting or filed a proxy vote.