GOOD NEWS OUT OF LAKE CITY…

Koberlein gets selected as Municipal Attorney for Lake City.

Why is this good news for White Springs? Because now he will be so busy doing Lake City’s work that little old White Springs, who kept him solvent for all of those years, will hopefully just die on the vine. I know we have one of his associates “looking out for us” but she is a real legal scholar unlike Koberlein. She will follow, it is believed, the law with minimal input by the believed to be crooked Koberlein. In fact she might just follow his lead and start her own firm since Koberlein doesn’t share the spotlight very well.

Who knows. Perhaps his fee structure will go up, which it should, and we can get rid of him and his firm for financial reasons. Don’t forget he “BILKED” the town out of thousands of dollars sitting in on depositions for the Federal Civil Rights suit all with no approval by the Council. Karin and I continue to believe he did that not only for the extra money but to intimidate not us but his own witnesses. The town paid over 1/10th of the money spent on the Federal Civil Rights suit to Koberlein and he contributed NOTHING to the party. He wasn’t the attorney of record or anything. Thousands of dollars, tax payer dollars, down the crap hole of Koberlein’s lust for power and money.

We should thank him for “OUTGROWING” US. It is time for him and his brand of Open Government to go away. What we don’t need is any more crooks in the pot. If we can get rid of him then there will only be seven to go.

MORE CONVERSATION ON THE PPE SUITS

DOES THE COUNTY NOT HAVE INVENTORY CONTROL?

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Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com>

7:25 PM (22 minutes ago)

to hamiltonclerk
What I want to know is really simple. What controls, if any, exist to keep county equipment, including PPE’s, from getting feet and just walking away? The procedure explained to me by Mr. Land seems mighty loose. I know of the suit in White Springs that could just “go away” and no one would be the wiser. We’re counting on a lot of honesty, especially from some questionable folks.I’m positive Mr. Land is an exceptional public official but he now has no control of this valuable piece of County, not City, property unless I am reading his responses wrong.
Thanks, you are a good and truthful friend and I value your friendship greatly.
Joe
On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 7:15 PM, hamiltonclerk@mail.flcjn.net <hamiltonclerk@flcjn.net> wrote:

Mr. Joe, I know that this will sound like I am trying to get out of answering your concerns but I have no idea how, where or who gets fire fighting equipment / suites, whether they are inventoried ect.  I only know from my past experience that funding is provided from the county to each of the municipalities and in a spirit of cooperation remember in the past where the Board years ago agreed to purchase fire suits if the need was there and assist them in whatever way possible.  How they keep up with and assign equipment I am not sure.  The county fire departments are entities of the Board of County Commissioners and not me as Clerk of Court.  You know me well enough to know that I will tell you the truth and have nothing to hide.  I talked to Mr. Land after our conversation a few days ago and I believe he will be honest with you as well.  Let me know what I can do to help you and I will try and find the answers to your concerns.
Greg Godwin
Clerk of Circuit Court
Hamilton County
207 NE First Street
Room 106
Jasper, Florida  32052
Ph. (386) 792-1288
Fax (386) 792-3524

119 PAPER TRAIL WITH NO RESULTS.

Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com>

1:46 PM (3 hours ago)

to Henry

Please arrange a time when I, as a citizen,..

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Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com>

4:05 PM (1 hour ago)

to Ethan, hamiltonclerk
Can come up to Jasper and see the inventory for all PPE’s owned by the county with individual’s names sewn in the jacket and pants.
You have tapped danced enough. I want to know who owns which suit. If Hamilton county owns all suits then who has the paperwork on Chief Pittman’s suit? This can get really ugly pretty fast or you can just admit we have no inventory control.
Thanks,
Joe
I BORROW A GOLF CART FROM YOU. TWO YEARS LATER YOU WANT IT BACK. BUT THERE IS NO PAPERWORK THAT SAYS THAT THE GOLF CART IS YOURS. LETS JUST ADD TO THAT THAT YOU DON’T REMEMBER WHO YOU LOANED THE GOLF CART TO. YOU’D LOOK ON A SHEET OF PAPER THAT SAYS I HAVE THE GOLF CART. THEN YOU WOULD KNOW. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER. YOU MIGHT AS WELL KISS THIS SUIT GOOD BYE. YOU’LL NEVER REMEMBER WHO HAS IT, IF YOU HAVE ANY INVENTORY CONTROLS AT ALL, AND WHO OWNS IT, THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY. PLEASE QUIT TAP DANCING. IF YOU HAVE NO INVENTORY CONTROL THEN PLEASE STATE SO. THAT I CAN WORK WITH.
JOE

On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 1:38 PM, Henry Land <hland@hamiltongov.org> wrote:

There is not a form because the gear still belongs to the County.

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 31, 2016, at 12:55 PM, Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com> wrote:
Not good enough. Greg Godwin says that White Springs is not part of the Hamilton County Fire District but is its own independent entity getting $17,000.00 per year for purchases of fire gear, etc. from the County. I would appreciate you not tap dancing around the fact that you may not have a custodial change form for the fire gear in White Springs, which is what I asked for. If you don’t have a custody change form for this gear please state so clearly and definitively. If you do have a custody change form please provide it soonest.
Thanks,
Joe

On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 12:47 PM, Henry Land <hland@hamiltongov.org> wrote:

Ok. I answered that request in the original email. The gear is being used in the Hamilton County Fire district.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 31, 2016, at 12:36 PM, Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> for documentation of the loaning of a fire fighters suit to White Springs. Greg Godwin has been advised. Please tell me if there is any cost associated with this 119 request.
>
> Joe

On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 2:40 PM, Henry Land <hland@hamiltongov.org> wrote:

Fire gear has a 7- 10 year life. That set of gear that you are referring too was purchased for Chief Stith in 08. There is no paper trail to follow showing ownership, except by the manufacturer label inside the coat and pants. The new gear that is purchased states who it was made for and the name of the owner.

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 31, 2016, at 1:47 PM, Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com> wrote:
I BORROW A GOLF CART FROM YOU. TWO YEARS LATER YOU WANT IT BACK. BUT THERE IS NO PAPERWORK THAT SAYS THAT THE GOLF CART IS YOURS. LETS JUST ADD TO THAT THAT YOU DON’T REMEMBER WHO YOU LOANED THE GOLF CART TO. YOU’D LOOK ON A SHEET OF PAPER THAT SAYS I HAVE THE GOLF CART. THEN YOU WOULD KNOW. BUT YOU DON’T HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER. YOU MIGHT AS WELL KISS THIS SUIT GOOD BYE. YOU’LL NEVER REMEMBER WHO HAS IT, IF YOU HAVE ANY INVENTORY CONTROLS AT ALL, AND WHO OWNS IT, THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY. PLEASE QUIT TAP DANCING. IF YOU HAVE NO INVENTORY CONTROL THEN PLEASE STATE SO. THAT I CAN WORK WITH.
JOE

On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 1:38 PM, Henry Land <hland@hamiltongov.org> wrote:

There is not a form because the gear still belongs to the County.

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 31, 2016, at 12:55 PM, Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com> wrote:
Not good enough. Greg Godwin says that White Springs is not part of the Hamilton County Fire District but is its own independent entity getting $17,000.00 per year for purchases of fire gear, etc. from the County. I would appreciate you not tap dancing around the fact that you may not have a custodial change form for the fire gear in White Springs, which is what I asked for. If you don’t have a custody change form for this gear please state so clearly and definitively. If you do have a custody change form please provide it soonest.
Thanks,
Joe

On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 12:47 PM, Henry Land <hland@hamiltongov.org> wrote:

Ok. I answered that request in the original email. The gear is being used in the Hamilton County Fire district.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 31, 2016, at 12:36 PM, Joe Griffin <godforjoe@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> for documentation of the loaning of a fire fighters suit to White Springs. Greg Godwin has been advised. Please tell me if there is any cost associated with this 119 request.
>
> Joe

NO INVENTORY CONTROL OVER PPE FIREFIGHTER SUITS.

HAMILTON COUNTY NEWS – TELL RANDY OGBURN….

Stay tuned for a SHOCKING story on how each new fire fighter in the county gets his own NEW Personal Protective Equipment, a $2000.00 value.  And according to Mr. Land, it belongs to the individual, and not the county. What a crock of hooey. But when he leaves he can come back and get it any time he wants. Double Hooey.

HOPE HICKA AND STACY TEBO….

The last time we searched for a town manager we originally had 6 applicants and 3 others who dropped out. Reprinted from 15 July 2015 story on this blog.

One of the six was a lady named Hope Hicka. She was a walking graduation ceremony with degrees in a lot of things. She had never been promoted within(meaning she never “moved up” the corporate ladder). She changed jobs like I change underwear, that is almost daily. This is what I wrote about her on the Blog then:

HOPE HICKA     LOTS OF DEGREES BUT NO REAL EXPERIENCE. HAS NEVER BEEN PROMOTED FROM WITHIN. SEEN AS TOO WEAK TO STAND UP FOR THE TOWN CHARTER AGAINST THE LIKES OF HELEN MILLER. AS FAR AS I CAN TELL SHE STILL, AT 32 YEARS OF AGE, STILL LIVES WITH HER PARENTS.

Then the Council EXPANDED the search and in comes Stacy Tebo. Her resume looks a lot like Hope Hicka’s with the exception that Ms. Tebo had the same job for 10 years, never being promoted. She too has lots of degrees but no experience with being a Town Manager or with dealing with a lawless board of Council members.  Let’s rewrite my opinion of Ms. Hicka and make it Stacy Tebo, shall we:

STACY TEBO.    LOTS OF DEGREES BUT NO REAL EXPERIENCE AS A TOWN MANAGER. HAS NEVER BEEN PROMOTED FROM WITHIN. SEEN AS TOO WEAK TO STAND UP FOR THE TOWN CHARTER AGAINST THE LIKES OF HELEN MILLER. AS FAR AS I CAN TELL SHE STILL, AT HER MID 40 YEARS OF AGE, STILL LIVES NEAR HER PARENTS AND SHE GETS HOMESICK IN WHITE SPRINGS.

If the town ever listened to me we wouldn’t have this problem of a weak indecisive town manager who won’t follow the Charter, Florida Statutes or the Constitution. Where was Hope Hicka’s father when we really needed him? I bet Stacy Tebo’s family would have said the same thing as Mr. Hicka. “No way is my daughter coming to the cesspool that is White Springs.”

Joe Griffin

 

Karin’s Comment:   I know you may question Joe’s comment that the Town should have listened to him.  We both wished Tim Day to start for White Springs because he would have been the best manager we could have secured.  But Helen Miller made certain that Tim would not have been hired as a part-time independent contractor because she caused trouble for the City he worked at.  Helen will do anything to cause problems for people she feels will not be corrupt as she is.  This is the problem now….we had our chance…but now could never Touch Tim Day.  He is making way too much money in comparison to what White Springs Pays and he is highly respected as Town Manager in the Community he works for.

Yes we were at the meeting when Stacy Tebo was hired and yes, I stated the Council should hire her.  That was because the Council gave her the highest number of votes, even though we had to listen to an hour of boring, I did this and I did that.  No she did not say what she could do for our Town but she had the highest points and for once the Council had to abide by the fact that she had to be hired based upon their own decisions.

I know Walter McKenzie wished the applicant from Georgia who was more than qualified.  I also believe that God protected the man from Georgia because he would have had to make concessions regarding living arrangements and after being at the job for a period of time, he ultimately would have seen the corruption.  He was also deeply religious and people of faith will not handle corruption long.

So, it was your decision to hire Stacy Tebo.  You did not like Mr. Tipton even though he made suggestions for a better city because he spoke of pot as an enterprise.  Well it is an enterprise in some states and Woody Woodard’s son had a great pot field right here in White Springs…and I understand there are others.  What I feel you really did not like about Mr. Tipton was the fact that he believed in transparency and communication….something White Springs would never tolerate.

Karin  for the blog

Is Catch and Release a good thing in White Springs; or could we consider an alternative for the future

There has been a rumor that the White Springs Police Department is handling an abundance of catch and release juveniles.  There have been many robberies or shoplifting cases mainly by juveniles in the White Springs Area and from what I have heard either the Dollar General has not pressed charges, or perhaps the parents have paid restitution for what has been stolen.   Our police department has been extremely fair to the citizens of White Springs and have even assisted juveniles who were experiencing drug induced trauma rather than arresting them. 

What is missing in the State Florida Law Enforcement is a program for youths who are in trouble with the law but who only are required to be temporarily detained.  Florida has 21 such facilities divided into three regions throughout Florida which hold juveniles who are awaiting court dates or placement in a residential facility. The State provides Residential facilities for youth who are required by a judge to stay in the care of the Department of Juvenile Justice for an extended time but no facility for a temporary detainment. 

You may believe that I am mentioning the incarceration of juveniles, but that is not the point I am getting to.  Apparently in the State of Florida since there is no middle ground facility which keeps youth detained on a temporary basis, the only choices besides the hard core detention and residential facilities provided by the State of Florida, is a “Catch and Release” by police officers. If there was such a middle ground facility, the police officers would not have to spend their time catching and releasing to parents that should take an interest in teaching their children values and the commandment of ‘Thou shall not steal”.  

Even with the best of parents, sometimes it is difficult to instill certain values into their children; especially with all of the outside influences of friends and adults which also may be involved in criminal activities; some for just the fun of it and the increased Adrenalin of getting away with something.

 

Let me share an interesting story relating to juveniles during the time in which I lived in Reno.  At one time three young men under ten years of age vandalized the windshield of my vehicle because I escorted them out of our office building after hours.  Although the vandalism by the three could not be proven, these three young men decided to use fire crackers to blow up a bank teller’s window at our Insurance Agency.  The problem for these juveniles was that there was a witness who happened to check on my vehicle the following day and the teller’s window was bulletproof..

The Reno Police Department was notified when the three young men between the ages of 10-12 years of age again appeared in the parking lot.  Once taken by the police, their parents were called to our office as well; so the officers could take statements.  The parents all claimed how wonderful their boys were and that surely I had fabricated the story about their sons.  Then the witness walked in and all three started to cry and they divulged the truth of their actions.

The Reno PD cited the three young men and advised the parents that each would be placed in juvenile detention at Wittenberg Hall for a period of no less than four weeks.  The parents were further apprised that they would have to pay a fee of $30.00 a week for each boy’s stay in the facility.  The parents seemed more upset about the money which they would have to pay than being upset that their children had partaken in a crime. Wittenberg Hall is a secure holding facility for the temporary detention of juvenile offenders.

Basically what the Reno PD did was hit the pocketbooks of the parents who were required to share the cost of their childrens’ detention (who looked like they could not afford the money especially since they pled with the officers).  However, a facility such as Wittenberg Hall assures that each parent in the future will take an interest in what their children are doing  or the consequences will be suffered again..

Wittenberg Hall is a facility that is constructed and conducted as nearly like home. Its mission is twofold:  (1) protecting the community by securely housing juveniles that may be or have been involved in activities injurious to the public and (2) providing for the safe, secure and healthy detention of juveniles detained within the facility.

Wittenberg Hall provides juveniles basic needs including shelter, food, clothing and medical care and protects the rights of juveniles during residents.  It also provides for the educational, physical, emotional and social needs of detained juveniles.  Rules, discipline and controls are administered in a fair and consistent manner and detained juveniles are nurtured and encouraged in acceptable behaviors.

This is an enterprise that should be petitioned through the State.  In fact it could be a facility built right here in White Springs for the surrounding areas. The nearest detention center is in Gainesville, so it would not be so ridiculous to have a temporary facility for juvenile offenders in White Springs.  It would provide additional jobs including law enforcement officers and teachers.

Again without facilities such as Wittenberg Hall, the burden is placed on our police officers who try to work with the parents who should instill values in their young.  After all if a child feels they can continually get away with crimes, someday the Crime will buy them hard time.  That not only hurts their future in securing a lucrative job and possibly an excellent education but may cause the child adult to spend the rest of their life behind bars or on welfare and drugs.

 

Karin for the blog

FOUR VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS MY FANNY…

I ASK THE STUPID ONE FOR A SHEET OF PAPER THAT SAID HOW MANY FIRE DEPARTMENT FIRE FIGHTERS WE HAD HERE IN WHITE SPRINGS. I ASKED BECAUSE KEVIN PITTMAN, THIEF, CROOK AND FORGER, OUR FIRE CHIEF, SAID IN THE PAPER THAT THERE WERE EIGHT FIRE FIGHTERS IN THE GENERAL AREA OF WHITE SPRINGS. THE STUPID ONE SAYS SHE ASKED THE WHITE SPRINGS VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT AND THIS TIME PITTMAN, THE LIAR, SAID THERE WERE FOUR OF THEM.

LET’S SEE. THERE IS PITTMAN HIMSELF BUT HE LIVES ABOUT 15 MILES OUT OF TOWN OUTSIDE OF LIVE OAK.  THEN THERE IS ANDREW GREENE, OUR WASTEWATER GUY WHO LIVES IN TOWN BUT IS NOT CERTIFIED.

THEN THERE IS DETECTIVE BROWNFIELD OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WHO ALSO LIVES IN TOWN BUT IS NOT CERTIFIED.

ORIGINALLY ONE OF THE FIRE FIGHTERS WAS ANDREW’S FIANCE WHO IS A NURSE IN GAINESVILLE. SHE MAY LIVE UP HERE ON HER DAYS OFF BUT SHE IS NOT A RESIDENT BY ANY COMMON USEAGE OF THE TERM.

UNLESS I MISS MY GUESS THAT IS IT. WE HEAR RUMORS ABOUT A MAN AND HIS SON WHO ARE JOINING THE FIRE DEPARTMENT BUT THEY BOTH LIVE OUT OF TOWN, ACCORDING TO THE RUMOR. THE FATHER HAS HIS CERTIFICATION AND THE SON IS WORKING ON HIS CERTIFICATION, IF THE RUMOR IS CORRECT.

BUT EIGHT FIREFIGHTERS? DID HE GO OFF HIS NUT OR IS HE A CONGENITAL LIAR. I VOTE FOR THE SECOND. HOW DID EIGHT BECOME FOUR SO QUICKLY, AND THEN THERE WERE THREE.

PITTMAN LIES AGAIN AND AGAIN. HE SHOULD FIT IN NICELY WITH TEBO, TOMLINSON AND RHETT. THOSE THREE WOULDN’T KNOW THE TRUTH IF IT HIT THEM IN THE HEAD. AND NOW THERE ARE FOUR OF THEM, LIARS, CROOKS AND THIEVES ALL WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF PITTMAN BEING A SELF CONFESSED FORGER.

A Few Random Thoughts

A Few Random Thoughts…

I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds.
People get out of the way much faster now.

Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers.
Now they drink like their fathers.

You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone?
That’s common sense leaving your body.

I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim.
I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Old age is coming at a really bad time.

When I was a child I thought “Nap Time” was a punishment.
Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.

The biggest lie I tell myself is :
“I don’t need to write that down, I’ll remember it.”

I don’t have grey hair; I have “wisdom highlights.”
I’m just very wise.

Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would’ve put them on my knees.

Why do I have to press one for English when you’re just gonna transfer me to someone I can’t understand anyway?

Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.

At my age “Getting lucky” means walking into a room and remembering what I went in there for.

ATTORNEYS NOT FOLLOWING THE LAW AND WS COUNCIL DOES NOT RESPOND TO YOUR CITIZEN’S COMPLAINT, HERE IS THE SOLUTION

If you have a complaint about an attorney who is not following the laws of the State of Florida, use the following information and complaint form to file with the Florida Bar.

 http://www.floridabar.org/TFB/TFBResources.nsf

Highlight the above address; Right click with your mouse and choose “Go to” http://www.floridabar.org/TFB/TFRResources.nsf/…

 

Karin for the blog

SINCE WHITE SPRINGS WILL NOT RESPOND TO CITIZEN’S COMPLAINTS, USE THE FOLLOWING FORM AND SITE TO FILE WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA COMMISSION ON ETHICS

Form 50 Complaint Form . . . . [more information]

All you need to do is print the form from this site, complete it and send it off to Tallahassee.  White Springs continually dismisses any valid complaints so this is the only viable solution.  If the Commission on Ethics receives enough complaints that White Springs refuses to follow the law, an investigation may be made to look into the problem of why the Town will not follow the law.

Karin for the blog