Letter: Daniel L. Haney, Middleburg

Editor: We believe that developer, Leonard “Hobie” Mitchel, a partner of MOJAX LLC, is violating the Loudoun Conflict of Interest Policy. 

MOJAX LLC is building 30 houses on a 19-acre tract of land in the village of St. Louis. Mitchel is a member of the board for Loudoun Water.

He has a clear conflict of interest according to the Loudoun County ethics policy and the Loudoun Water ethics policy.

Loudoun County’sConflict of Interest Policy states: “A member should avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest and should recuse himself or herself from participating in deliberations, discussions, recommendations or advice which might be interpreted as questionable or borderline conflict of interest and which might be perceived as rendering direct personal or professional gain for himself or herself or for family members.”

Loudoun Water’sEthical Conduct policy states: “The Board of Loudoun Water aspires to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct. Loudoun Water’s reputation for integrity and excellence requires the careful observance of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity. Loudoun Water will comply with all applicable laws and regulations and expects Board Members to conduct business in accordance with the letter and spirit of all relevant laws; to refrain from any illegal, dishonest, or unethical conduct; to act in a professional, businesslike manner; and to treat others with respect. Board Members should not use their positions to obtain unreasonable or excessive services or expertise from Loudoun Water staff.

“In general, the use of good judgment based on high ethical principles will guide directors with respect to lines of acceptable conduct. However, if any member of the Board has concern about the propriety of certain conduct by an individual, it is the responsibility of that Board Member to bring the matter to the attention of the Chair of the Board. In all questions involving ethics and conduct, the full Board will review the matter and make an appropriate determination. However, any individual whose conduct is at issue will not participate in such determination.”

            We ask that Mr. Mitchel either recuse himself from all further dealings with MOJAX LLC and this St. Louis development, or resign from the Loudoun Water Board of Directors immediately. 

This is just another case of Loudoun County’s constant hypocrisy among its developers and its elected officials who seem to be content to roll over, take their money and let this type of injustice occur over and over. 

            We urge concerned residents to contact their elected officials and ask for Mitchel’s resignation from Loudoun Water. These officials are County Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (phyllis.randall@loudoun.gov) and Supervisor Tony Buffington, (tony.buffington@loudoun.gov). Both can also be reached by phone at 703-777-0204. 

There is a long history of this proposed development with several Stop Work Orders because of wetlands violations and we seek the community’s input and action.  Please get involved, learn more and assist us, as we need your help to end this hypocrisy and set a standard for the rest of Loudoun and for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  

For more information or to sign the petition to Oppose MOJAX, LLC., go to: ipetitions.com/petition/please-oppose-the-development-in-stlouisva.

Daniel L. Haney, Middleburg
Citizens of St Louis in oppositionto MOJAX Housing Development

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