Garth Vs Goliath: Mateel Community Center Board Outlines Its Next Steps
Press release from the Mateel Community Center:
“Greetings all, the Mateel Community Center would like to report that we have tightened our belt and made large cuts to our monthly/annual operating costs. We are making progress by creating a business plan with a bare bones budget to move us into a space where our creditors can be paid. Part of this strategy may require taking a loan against the building to resolve the most pressing debt – this is an option we are exploring, and would require a vote from the membership.
In spite of this forward progress we have made, we received a blow in the form of a lien that will be filed on behalf of the Sysco corporation. This lien is being filed against not only the Mateel, but its president, Garth Epling. As a signer of goods, Garth signed a lease contract in 2014. Included in this contract was a promissory note that enables this corporate goliath to hold an individual personally liable for Mateel debt.
Our efforts up to this point to negotiate a reasonable payment plan with Sysco have been flatly denied. This will negatively affect the Mateel but worst of all, a pillar of our community, lifelong volunteer and overall great guy is now on the hook personally for $40,198.77 of Mateel debt (assets and accounts at risk). This lien is one of the large stumbling blocks we face in securing financing as banks will not lend on property that has been encumbered by a lien. For now, we have cobbled together emergency funds to stave off the lien and avoid even more costly legal fees, but we are starting a crowd-based donation fund to pay these lenders back. All money collected will be used to help Garth keep his assets.
You may make donations at: YouCaring.com/HelpGarth
Or donate at the Southern Humboldt Community Credit union.
Garth Vs Goliath account # 13597-54
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