STACY’S EEOC COMPLAINT….

I tried, unsuccessfully, to talk to a Mrs. McAuthur of EEOC Tampa Division office. Either she was so busy she didn’t return my phone call or Elaine (her first name) is opposed to giving information to the Press. Anyway her number is 813 202 7924 for anyone trying to find out the same information. Stay tuned, we’ll hopefully find out more on Monday.

FROM THE JASPER NEWS WE READ…

White Springs lawsuit ends

The lawsuit against the Town of White Springs ended on July 1.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an opinion on June 2 finding no error in the Nov. 20, 2015 order for the federal lawsuit filed by White Springs residents Joe and Karin Griffin in September 2014, according to court documents.

According to the defendants’ lawyer, Meagan Logan, the Griffin’s had 30 days to appeal, which they did not.

The court issued a mandate that ended the litigation on July 1.

The lawsuit against the town was denied Nov. 20, 2015 by a United States district judge and the Griffin’s appealed.

The Griffins alleged in the lawsuit first filed in September 2014 that their First Amendment rights were violated and that the town of White Springs defamed their reputation. The lawsuit was against town of White Springs, Dr. Helen B. Miller, Town Clerk/Finance Director Pam Tomlinson and Police Chief Tracy Rodriquenz.

The Griffins claimed that the defendants attempted to force them to shut down their online blog and cease submitting public records requests.

Since moving to White Springs in 1999, Joe Griffin has filed 19 lawsuits against White Springs prior to this suit and has made 2,500 public record requests. What the Jasper news left out is that it takes approximately 10 requests to get a single 119 request. AS an example I asked for Helen’s emails concerning town business. It took 38 requests to get the information, I suspect I have filed 300 119 requests and a whole bunch of follow up requests during my 16 plus years in town.

Jessie R. Box is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government and police.

TIME LINE OF STACY’S REQUESTS FOR DOCUMENTS….

AGAIN, NOTICE THE HOSTILITY…..

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:50 AM – Stacy Tebo to Linda.

Asking questions about what Linda is doing an appearing to still try and be part of requests.

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7:44 PM, Stacy Tebo to Linda.

States that it is a public records request for copies to Mark Harper and other Media Friday April 17, 2015 – Stacy states;

“On 4/17/15, I reminded Linda of my request and asked her to email the response to either of my personal email accounts. I wrote down both of my personal email addresses for her:”

Wouldn’t this be an acknowledgement of a request?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015 12:17 PM – Stacy to Eric, Linda

I am still waiting on the records. Tue 5/5/2015 1:05 PM – Eric to Stacy

Looking into it. (I find that Dan and Linda have been working on it and are almost done) Fri 5/8/2015 4:58 PM – Eric to Stacy

Give estimate of costs.

 

Mon 5/11/2015 3:56 PM Stacy to Eric

 

Doesn’t want to pay, changes request to view not copy. Adds to inspect her personnel file.

Tue 5/12/2015 9:46 AM Eric to Stacy

 

Offer to setup a time for her to view. Give estimate of costs.

 

Thu 5/21/2015 9:05 AM Stacy to Eric

 

States if nothing is given to her by end of day, she is filling suit.

 

(She quotes the date of the response to the request and then states she did not get one) Thu 5/21/2015 4:54 PM Eric to Stacy

Re-stated to setup a time to come view Thu 5/21/2015 5:36 PM Stacy to Eric

States she will come by but not pay

 

Fri 5/22/2015 8:36 AM Eric to Stacy

 

State 15 free after charge. Ask when Fri 5/22/2015 10:43 AM Eric to Stacy

Re-ask when

 

Fri 5/22/2015 10:45 AM Stacy to Eric

 

Asks whose rate of Pay to supervise.

 

Fri 5/22/2015 11:22 AM Eric to Stacy Answer mine

Fri 5/22/2015 12:24 PM Stacy to Eric

 

States to should be lower pay person and will file suite Fri 5/22/2015 1:33 PM Eric to Stacy

Stated that we could have Linda supervise but should be me. Again ask when she wants to come in.

No more Email after that.

 

 

 

 

 

  • ; Official Request

 

  • ; in person gives Linda email address for the

 

5-5; I respond about looking in to the request. On the 13th work day after her request.

And this is the way Stacy handled Joe’s request…like as if she knew what harassment meant after what she did in DeBary.

—– Original Message —–

From: Stacy Tebo

To: ‘Joe E. Griffin’

Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 8:32 PM

Subject: RE: policy

Joe,

 

I can’t make judgements regarding things outside my realm of involvement and duties.  I can address questions about things that were passed or considered by Council during their meetings.  I can only provide you with what exists in the Town’s records, and I do not find a resolution authorizing harassment.  To my knowledge there have been no outside discussions that might have been violations of the Sunshine Law.  I am always mindful of this law and remind Council members often.

 

I am working very hard to do the job I was hired to do.  If you want me to succeed, then please try to let me work.  I realize that you have a long history with the Town, and there are people that you dislike.  I am not here to make friends or take sides.  I am here to work, and there is plenty of work that needs to be done.  I defer all legal questions to the attorneys retained by the Town or the Town’s insurer (FMIT).  I do not have a law degree; my degrees are in public administration and political science.  Therefore, I will follow the legal advice provided to the Town.  I will not do anything that jeopardizes the Town’s interests.  I hope that you understand what I am saying and why I follow the advice of the attorneys.  Not following their advice would be doing a disservice to the Town.

 

You’ve had a lot of good ideas.  It would be great if I had enough time to properly research all the good ideas that are thrown my way.  Unfortunately, this is a very small staff, and we have a lot of things to improve in our operation.

 

Stacy Tebo

Town Manager

Town of White Springs

10363 Bridge Street

White Springs, FL 32096

Phone 386.397.2310  Fax  386.397.1542

manager@whitespringsfl.us

www.whitesprings.org

 

 

Please note:

Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communication, including e-mail addresses, to or from the Town regarding town business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communication may be subject to public disclosure.

 

From: Joe E. Griffin [mailto:god4joe@windstream.net]
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 8:14 PM
To: Stacy Tebo <manager@whitespringsfl.us>
Subject: Re: policy

 

—– Original Message —–

From: Stacy Tebo

To: ‘Joe E. Griffin’

Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 4:07 PM

Subject: policy

 

Joe,

 

The Town Council has not passed a policy authorizing harassment of any kind.

 

 

Stacy Tebo

Town Manager

Town of White Springs

10363 Bridge Street

White Springs, FL 32096

Phone 386.397.2310  Fax  386.397.1542

manager@whitespringsfl.us

www.whitesprings.org

 

 

 

Please note:

Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communication, including e-mail addresses, to or from the Town regarding town business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communication may be subject to public disclosure.

 

From: Joe E. Griffin [mailto:god4joe@windstream.net]
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2015 12:28 PM
To: Stacy Tebo <manager@whitespringsfl.us>
Subject: Re: 119 on minutes where the Council decided to ….

 

—– Original Message —–

From: Stacy Tebo

To: ‘Joe E. Griffin’

Cc: ‘Pam @ White Springs Town Hall’

Sent: Monday, December 07, 2015 11:02 AM

Subject: RE: 119 on minutes where the Council decided to ….

 

Joe,

 

You need to be specific in your request for public records.  You are asking us to research, not provide public records.  There are Council minutes available on the website for the last 3 years.

 

Stacy Tebo

Town Manager

Town of White Springs

10363 Bridge Street

White Springs, FL 32096

Phone 386.397.2310  Fax  386.397.1542

manager@whitespringsfl.us

www.whitesprings.org

 

 

 

Please note:

Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communication, including e-mail addresses, to or from the Town regarding town business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communication may be subject to public disclosure.

 

From: Joe E. Griffin [mailto:god4joe@windstream.net]
Sent: Saturday, December 05, 2015 8:54 PM
To: Stacy Tebo <manager@whitespringsfl.us>
Subject: 119 on minutes where the Council decided to ….

 

Attack me as I had been, reportedly, attacking them. We know from the Government in the Sunshine Law that no official action taken by a government entity is valid unless taken at a public meeting. Yet the Federal Judge said it was okay for the town to attack me. Where are the minutes where such course of action was discussed and approved.

Joe Griffin

 

There is no set of minutes on the web site that talks about the Town making it a municipal policy to harass the Griffins yet the Federal Judge said that they were within their First Amendment Rights to do so which they did, according to the Federal Judge.

 

The Sunshine Law clearly states that any policy including the policy in question (harassing the Griffin’s) must be voted on in a Public Meeting yet no minutes seem to exist that such a policy was approved by the Council for the Town.

 

One can not argue that it was a town policy to harass us because you (the town) did and the Judge said you did. If there is no policy that says it is okay to harass the Griffin’s please state so clearly and definitively. Thank you. A simple “no such document” will suffice. Ask the Council tomorrow night please.

 

That’s funny because the Judge in the Trial Court of the Civil Rights case disagrees with you calling their harassment of me “justified”. Another case of the town talking out of two sides of their mouths.

 

And if they haven’t adopted a policy then why were they doing so outside of the prohibitations of the Sunshine Law? They were because the Judge said they were.

 

Stacy, I know you don’t believe this but your employer is as corrupt and a lying dog as there ever was one.

THE TOWN IS DENYING ME ACCESS TO PERSONNEL FILES…

Here is what the Government in the Sunshine Manual says:

12.      Personnel records

  1. Personnel records generally

The general rule with regard to personnel records is the same as for other public records; unless the legislature has expressly exempted certain personnel records from disclosure or authorized the agency to adopt rules limiting access to such records, personnel records are subject to public inspection and copying under s. 119.07(1), F.s. See Michel v. Douglas, 464 so. 2d 545 (Fla. 1985).

STACY ASKS TO VIEW DOCUMENTS….. PAGE 1 OF 2

Eric Frankton

I.T. Director / Records Manager

(RMLO)

City of DeBary

16 Colomba Road

DeBary, FL 32713

(386) 668-2040 Ext. 327

EFrankton@DeBary.org

From: EFrankton@debary.org [mailto:EFrankton@debary.org] Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 9:46 AM To: email4tebo@yahoo.com Subject: RE: public records requests

Stacy,

I did not find any Philips DVD’s in your office. If I come across them I will let you know.

I am more than happy to setup a time with you to come and inspect the documents that were gathered for you as well as your personal file.

I can schedule a time Thursday 5-14-15 or next week. How much time would you want to inspect the information? If you require less than 15 minutes to inspect the documents then there will be no charge. If you would like more than 15 minutes the charge for supervision would be $32.54 per hour billed in quarter hour increments. If you need more than 1.5 hours you will be required to make a deposit for the amount of time you want.

Please let me know what you would like to do and when.

Thank you,

Eric

Eric Frankton

I.T. / Records Manager

City of DeBary

16 Colomba Road

DeBary, FL 32713

(386) 668-2040 ext 309

EFrankton@DeBary.org

From: Stacy Tebo [mailto:email4tebo@yahoo.com] Sent: Monday, May 11, 2015 3:56 PM To: Eric Frankton Subject: Re: public records requests

Eric,

My record request was made on 4/15/15 to Linda Kent, who was the custodian of the records I requested. My request was not acknowledged by the city until 5/5/15, when you emailed me that you would look into it. That is 20 days that the city ignored my request, and that is unacceptable. Public records law dictates that the government entity should always acknowledge that the request was received. Dan Parrott instructed Linda Kent to make paper copies for Mark Harper, and she carried the manila envelopes downstairs on several occasions to hand deliver documents to him out of sight in an attempt to conceal the exchange from the upstairs employees; I witnessed all of these exchanges. You now say that this request involves 1100 to 1200 pages of paper. Why didn’t the city charge Mark Harper, but now elects to charge me for the same information? Why did the city wait to respond to my request until the city adopted a records policy on 5/6/15? How convenient for the city to now say I will be charged a deposit of $187.03 while Mr. Harper wasn’t charged anything for the same information. Mr. Harper also requested documents electronically as a general rule when he made his requests to me. This is a much better way of keeping track of responses, rather than making paper copies. I believe Mr. Parrott chose this route specifically to thwart the electronic record of what was given to Mark Harper.

You claim that a lot of work has been done already in response to my request. What work has been done that you claim I am not being charged for? Didn’t the city retain a copy of what was given to Mark Harper? What kind of records are contained in the 1100 to 1200 pages given to Mark Harper? Why can’t you place these stacks of papers on the feeder to the copier/printer/fax/scanner machine in the work room and press the scan button? All you would have to do is create a folder in the City’s Google Drive account, copy the scanned documents into the folder, and then share the folder with me. There is no need to send me multiple emails with attachments through Outlook (which severely limits attachment size). I told you the location of the password to Google Drive on 4/24/15, which you easily found. This should take you no longer than 15 minutes. I also left several of my personal blank Philips 4.7 GB DVDs in my office. You could save the scanned documents on one of those as well. It is my understanding that Mr. Harper was given numerous emails that were printed out on paper. Are you saying that those emails are only maintained in hard copy paper format now?

The city is attempting to thwart my access to the public record by refusing to scan the papers and charge me $187.03 for paper. As the city’s records manager, you should know that the public is entitled access to its records. Most requestors prefer to receive information electronically, as we now live in the digital age. I know you are brand new to local government, so maybe you aren’t aware how broad the Florida Public Records Law is. There’s a presumption of openness in FL, which means that all records are presumed to be open and accessible to the public absent a specific statutory exemption. Every person who has custody of a public record must allow that record to be inspected or copied under supervision of the custodian or designee.

So, if the city is refusing to utilize the scanner, then I am making a request to inspect the records. This is a normal activity in government offices; we did it all the time, especially during election season. All you have to do is make sure a city employee is present in the place where the records are being inspected. Most of the time this happened in the upstairs lobby near Amy’s desk. I would also like to inspect my own personnel file while I am there.

Thank you for your assistance.

Stacy

On Friday, May 8, 2015 4:58 PM, Eric Frankton <EFrankton@debary.org> wrote:

Stacy,

Your request to receiveeverything that was given Mark Harper and any other member of the media from 3/9/15 through 4/15/15 has been received. Mr. Harper was primarily given paper copies which we have on file.

This is a large request and there are at least 1100-1200 papers that would need to be copied.

The City can make copies of the documents for you there will be a charge of $0.15 for each single sided copy and $0.20 for double sided plus a labor cost of $22.03 ($14.69 per hour times 1.5 hours).

(d) If the nature or volume of public records requested to be inspected or copied pursuant to this subsection is such as to require extensive use of information technology resources or extensive clerical or supervisory assistance by personnel of the agency involved, or both, the agency may charge, in addition to the actual cost of duplication, a special service charge, which shall be reasonable and shall be based on the cost incurred for such extensive use of information technology resources or the labor cost of the personnel providing the service that is actually incurred by the agency or attributable to the agency for the clerical and supervisory assistance required, or both.

The City does not have the items that you are requesting in a digital format nor does the city elect to convert the items of your request into digital copies.

(f) Each agency that maintains a public record in an electronic recordkeeping system shall provide to any person, pursuant to this chapter, a copy of any public record in that system which is not exempted by law from public disclosure. An agency must provide a copy of the record in the medium requested if the agency maintains the record in that medium, and the agency may charge a fee in accordance with this chapter. For the purpose of satisfying a public records request, the fee to be charged by an agency if it elects to provide a copy of a public record in a medium not routinely used by the agency, or if it elects to compile information not routinely developed or maintained by the agency or that requires a substantial amount of manipulation or programming, must be in accordance with s. 119.07(4).

If you what to move forward with your request you will be required to pay a deposit in the amount of $187.03 ( 1100 x $015 + $22.03). A lot of work has gone into your request so far. All costs up to this point have been waived. I am attaching a link to the City’s agenda item 7, Resolution 15-05 which is the recently adopted Public Records Policy.http://www.debary.org/Pages/DeBaryFL_CouncilAgendas/2015/20150506/Item07

Please let me know what you would like to do.

Thank you.

Eric

Eric Frankton

I.T. / Records Manager

City of DeBary

16 Colomba Road

DeBary, FL 32713

(386) 668-2040 ext 309

EFrankton@DeBary.org

From: Stacy Tebo [mailto:email4tebo@yahoo.com] Sent: Tuesday, May 05, 2015 12:17 PM To: Eric Frankton; Linda Kent Subject: Fw: public records requests

On 4/17/15, I reminded Linda of my request and asked her to email the response to either of my personal email accounts. I wrote down both of my personal email addresses for her: email4tebo@yahoo.com andstacy.c.tebo@gmail.com.

I am still waiting on the records.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7:44 PM, Stacy Tebo <stebo@debary.org> wrote:

Linda,
I wanted to make sure you understand that I am making a public records request to you for everything you & Mr. Parrott have given Mark Harper and any other member of the media from 3/9/15 through 4/15/15. I do not want paper copies. I want this information sent to me electronically. As I said before, I am willing and able to scan the documents myself.
Thank you, Stacy ________________________________________ From: Stacy Tebo Sent: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 9:50 AM To: Linda Kent Subject: public records requests
Linda,
Although Mr. Parrott informed me the evening of 3/19/15 that Eric Frankton had been assigned the task of responding to public records requests, I witnessed you making copies and giving them to Mark Harper; I have seen him on multiple occasions at city hall collecting manila envelopes from you. Are you aware that most record requests can be handled via email through use of the scanner? This is a much quicker way to provide the public with records, rather than making paper copies.
Has there been a change to Mr. Parrott’s directive dated 3/19/15? If so, please tell me what the new directive is. Since I have been the point person for records requests for the last ten years, it is common knowledge among the citizenry that they should call me with their requests. I would appreciate it if you could provide me with the correct information that I can pass on to the citizens that contact me. In fact, all of the staff should be made aware of who is responsible for records requests as any of them might be asked by the public. It is important to provide consistent information to the public; they should receive the same information, regardless of which employee answers the question.
Please scan and email me everything you and Mr. Parrott have provided to Mark Harper since Monday, March 9, 2015. If you are pressed for time, I would be happy to scan the documents for you. Have you charged Mr. Harper for any of the copies you have made? Have you charged any other requestors for copies or responses to their public records requests? Have any other members of the media made public record requests? If so, I would also like the documents scanned and emailed to me.
Thank you for your assistance.
Stacy Tebo, CMC City of DeBary 16 Colomba Road DeBary, FL 32713 (386) 668-2040 ext. 309 (386) 668-4122 fax www.debary.org<http://www.debary.org/>

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———- Forwarded message ———- From: Eric Frankton <EFrankton@debary.org> Date: Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 12:52 PM Subject: FW: my request for records on 4/15/15 To: Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com>

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Eric Frankton

I.T. Director / Records Manager

(RMLO)

City of DeBary

16 Colomba Road

DeBary, FL 32713

(386) 668-2040 Ext. 327

EFrankton@DeBary.org

From: Stacy Tebo [mailto:email4tebo@yahoo.com] Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 5:04 PM To: Eric Frankton <EFrankton@debary.org> Subject: Re: my request for records on 4/15/15

Can I have a copy of that interim policy change? Also, where and when was it was posted for the public to be aware of the change?

On Friday, May 22, 2015 1:32 PM, Eric Frankton <EFrankton@debary.org> wrote:

As I said, your request was made after the city starting charging for large requests. Regardless of DeBary policy the State Statute dictates that costs can be charged. As I have said several time if you need less than 15 minutes there would be no charge. Supervised “work” should be done by lowest paid individual suited on the request volume or nature. Because of the nature of your request I was elected to supervise and safe guard your review. When you wanted copies you were quoted using lowest paid individual to do the work because no supervision was needed. I just spoke with the City Manager and he agreed that Linda Kent could supervise you in my place. Her rate would be $24.84 per hour ($6.21 per quarter hour). If you still want to come in today please let me know. If you want to come in next week then I can schedule a date and time for you and Linda Kent.

Thank you,

Eric Frankton

I.T. / Records Manager

City of DeBary

16 Colomba Road

DeBary, FL 32713

(386) 668-2040 ext 309

EFrankton@DeBary.org

From: Stacy Tebo [mailto:email4tebo@yahoo.com] Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 12:24 PM To: Eric Frankton Subject: Re: my request for records on 4/15/15

Eric,

Since you are insisting on charging for a request that was made before the policy went into effect and because the person being set up to do the “work” is clearly not the lowest paid individual who could do this function, I will be filing suit instead to obtain relief from the court.

Stacy

On Friday, May 22, 2015 11:23 AM, Eric Frankton <EFrankton@debary.org> wrote:

This is based on my current rate of pay as I will be the one supervising the review.

Eric Frankton

I.T. / Records Manager

City of DeBary

16 Colomba Road

DeBary, FL 32713

(386) 668-2040 ext 309

EFrankton@DeBary.org

From: Stacy Tebo [mailto:email4tebo@yahoo.com] Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 10:55 AM To: Eric Frankton Subject: my request for records on 4/15/15

Eric,

Whose rate of pay are you basing the $32.54/hour rate for supervising my inspection of the records?

Stacy

On Friday, May 22, 2015 8:36 AM, Eric Frankton <EFrankton@debary.org> wrote:

Stacy,

As I have stated the is no charge if you need 15 minutes or less. If you would like more than 15 minutes the charge for supervision would be $32.54 per hour billed in quarter hour increments ($8.14 per increment). If you need more than 1.5 hours you will be required to make a deposit for the amount of time you want. I can schedule a time after 1:30pm today. What time would you like to come in so I can have the conference room ready?

Eric

Eric Frankton

I.T. / Records Manager

City of DeBary

16 Colomba Road

DeBary, FL 32713

(386) 668-2040 ext 309

EFrankton@DeBary.org

From: Stacy Tebo [mailto:email4tebo@yahoo.com] Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 5:36 PM To: Eric Frankton Subject: Re: my request for records on 4/15/15

Eric,

I’ll come in tomorrow to inspect the records, and I don’t expect to be charged for reading them.

Stacy

On Thursday, May 21, 2015 4:53 PM, Eric Frankton <EFrankton@debary.org> wrote:

Stacy,

On April 10TH, before your request was made and after the Public Record Requests responsibility was removed from your duties the city started following State Statute in charging for larger requests. I emailed you Fri 5/8/2015 4:57 PM about coming in to review the documents as you requested and that offer still stands. Seeing as you have already emailed yourself some of the records you are requesting, I would suggest that you come in and see what you don’t already have and we can make copies of what you don’t have.

Eric Frankton

I.T. / Records Manager

City of DeBary

16 Colomba Road

DeBary, FL 32713

(386) 668-2040 ext 309

EFrankton@DeBary.org

From: Stacy Tebo [mailto:email4tebo@yahoo.com] Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 9:05 AM To: Eric Frankton; Linda Kent Subject: my request for records on 4/15/15

I made my public records request dated 4/15/15 to Linda Kent, who was the custodian of the records I requested. My request was not acknowledged by the city until 5/5/15, and then only to say it would be looked into. On 5/8/15 and 5/12/15, I received responses seeking payment of various costs purportedly based upon a newly passed policy; that policy, however, specifically states it went into effect on the day it passed, which was not until May 6, 2015. This policy is clearly inapplicable to my request which was made 22 days prior to the enactment of the new policy.

If by 5 pm on May 21, 2015, no public records are provided and I do not receive a response to my request to come and review the documents as previously requested, and without the newly enacted payment conditions, then I will assume that the City has, in fact, been keeping these records from me, and I will file suit promptly Friday morning.

Stacy Tebo

  • Under Florida law, E-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your E-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to the City of DeBary. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. §
  • § PUBLIC RECORDS NOTICE: The City of DeBary is governed by the State of Florida public records law. This means that the information we receive online including your e-mail address might be disclosed to any person making a public records request. If you have any question about the Florida public records law refer to Chapter 119 Florida Statutes. Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. §§

WHY THE TOWN IS ALWAYS TOO BUSY OR OUT OF MONEY…

WHY THE TOWN IS ALWAYS OUT OF MONEY …

The simple answer is that we are being led by idiots. The Council, all Town Managers, Pam and Shirley are so ignorant of common sense that they wonder why their fannys are burning when they sit on a hot stove. But corruption starts from the top, Helen and now Rhett are incompetent when it comes to the law (especially grievous with Rhett since he is an attorney).

But the town keeps voting them in, including that Einstein want to be Willy and Tanja. Hell, at least Walter has an original thought, erroneous as it is, once a year.

The latest loss was of $140 some odd dollars. As you are aware I was asking the town and Helen for the public documents they had in their possession that had to do with the recently concluded Federal Civil Rights suit. The town today, after three weeks of asking for the documents, came across the requested documents. The problem is that I didn’t ask for “paper copies” of the requested documents. Instead the town said and I ask for a flash drive with the files on it both from the town and from Helen.

As you might have guessed I have a court case that supports my contention that how you ask for a document is how you are supposed to get the document. I asked for an electronic copy (or in the alternative to view the documents). Both are allowed by Florida Statute 119, Florida’s Public Records law.

Here is the court case highlighted at the appropriate point:

 

I asked for electronic copies, in fact you stated to me that that was how you would provide them. No where did I ask for PAPER DOCUMENTS.

Lake Shore Hospital Authority v. Lilker, 168 So. 3d 332 (Fla. 1st DCA 2015). Unreasonable Restrictions on Access to Public Records.

The First District Court of Appeal found that the Lake Shore Hospital Authority had violated the Public Records Act by placing unreasonable restrictions on a patient’s access to public records in the hospital’s custody. Specifically, the Court found the hospital inappropriately referred the patient to a website in response to the records request. The Court held that referring the patient to the website would have been appropriate if the patient had requested electronic access, but the patient did not request electronic access. The patient had specifically requested paper copies of the records. Additionally, the Court found that the hospital inappropriately restricted the patient’s right to inspect and copy public records to one hour per day, Monday through Friday, with 24-hour notice. The Court held that while a records custodian may reasonably restrict inspection to those hours during which his or her office is open to the public, the hospital took it too far. Moreover, the Court held “there is no authority allowing [the hospital] to automatically delay production of records for inspection by imposing a 24-hour notice requirement.” The Public Records Act authorizes inspection and copying of public records at “any reasonable time.”

I ask for electronic copies or to view the documents, I should have gotten electronic copies or been able to view the documents. Instead Stacy, Pam with the concurrence of the council apparently, allowed Pam to waste 6 hours of her time and a ream of paper plus toner to make 400 plus copies of something. Something I wanted electronically.

 

One other thing. When I spend money on Public Documents the town is REQUIRED by town policy and the Government in the Sunshine manual to ask for a deposit up front. I refused to pay that deposit because it was too high. I offered a nickel for every file they put on a flash drive, about $20.00 since there are approximately 400 documents. Such an offer was rejected by Helen, Pam and allegedly Stacy.

The reason the town doesn’t have any money or time to do anything is because they waste too much time doing stupid things like this unnecessary copying.

It is time for all of them to go. There isn’t a person among them that is concerned about the welfare of the town. Stacy must be terminated soon. She will be leaving us as soon as she finds another job anyway. Her taking leave without a leave request highlights the fact that she is fixin to go

Joe

 

STACY TAKES LEAVE “OFF THE BOOKS”..

RE: 119 on Stacy’s leave request

 

Inbox x

Pam @ White Springs Town Hall <cityhall@windstream.net>

2:29 PM (49 minutes ago)

Received your request for Stacy’s leave request. There is no responsive document at this time.

Pam Tomlinson

Finance Director/Town Clerk

Town of White Springs

PO Drawer D

White Springs, FL 32096

386.397.2310

www.whitesprings.org

White Springs is an equal opportunity provider & employer

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communication, including e-mail addresses, to or from the Town regarding Town business are public records available to the public and Media upon request. Your e-mail communication may be subject to public disclosure.

From: Tracy Rodriquenz [mailto:trodriquenz@whitespringsfl.us] Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:48 PM To: ‘Pam @ White Springs Town Hall’ <cityhall@windstream.net> Subject: FW: 119 on Stacy’s leave request

ALLCON

From: Joe Griffin [mailto:godforjoe@gmail.com] Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 12:40 PM To: Rhett Bullard <rbullard@whitespringsfl.us>; Tracy Rodriquenz <trodriquenz@whitespringsfl.us> Subject: Re: 119 on Stacy’s leave request

Still waiting been a solid week for a single sheet of paper.

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 11:01 AM, Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com> wrote:

Now please.

JOE GRIFFIN – EDITOR