Don’t mess with the old dogs

An old Doberman starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he’s lost.
Wandering about, he notices a lion heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.
The old Doberman thinks, “Oh, oh! I’m in deep shit now!”
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat.
Just as the lion is about to leap, the old Doberman exclaims loudly,
“Boy, that was one delicious lion! I wonder, if there are any more around here?”
Hearing this, the young lion halts his attack in mid-stride, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.
“Whew!,” says the lion, “That was close! That old Doberman nearly had me!”
Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the lion. So, off he goes.
The squirrel soon catches up with the lion, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the lion.
The young lion is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine!”
Now, the old Doberman sees the lion coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, “What am I going to do now?,” but instead of running, the dog  sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn’t seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old Doberman says……..
“Where’s that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another lion!”
Moral of this story…
Don’t mess with the old dogs… Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery!

TONJA’S SHORTCOMINGS AS A COUNCIL MEMBER AND AS A HUMAN BEING.

Council members are to Vote and decide issues legally, fairly and without favor;

Council members are to Guarantee the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies.

Council members are to Debate openly on matters before the Council, hear public testimony and act in good faith;

She is opposed to open debate, opposed to public input and is so mentally challenged that she is incapable of operating in good faith. She votes as Rhett wants her to vote. She has never said “NO” to Rhett, she always votes with him. That is where her lack of favor of her voting record comes in. She is not fair in her dealings with the public. She is opposed to citizens participating in public meetings.

She is the most unintelligent member of the Council if not all of White Springs. She has no thoughts of her own. Because of this the people do not get fair representation, especially the Blacks of White Springs. She wears her office like a crown and demands subservience from those citizens she comes in contact with.  She has produced no good thing since being on the council. She does not understand the concept of good faith.

Rules for all of us

Trump is asking everyone to forward this email to a minimum of 20
people, and to ask each of those to do likewise.
 
The TRUMP Rules will include: Congressional Reform Act of 2017
 
1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman / congresswoman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
 
2.Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security.
 
All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.It may not be used for any other purpose.
 
3.Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
 
4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
 
5.Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.
 
6.Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
 
7.All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void effective 10/1/2017
 
Congress made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen  legislators, so ours should serve their term(s),  3 max, then go home and go back to work.
 
 If each person contacts a minimum of twenty people, then it will only take three days for most people in the U.S. to receive the message.It’s time!
 
 
            THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!  Serving in Congress is an  honor, not a career!!!!!
 
 
Pass it on. Let’s drain the swamp! or the Sewer as they now call it because it is worse than anticipated.

Philosophers Of the Century

Philosophers Of the Century …

 
~ Betsy Salkind...
Men are like linoleum floors. Lay ’em right and you can walk all over them for thirty years.
 
~ Jean Kerr…
The only reason they say ‘Women and children first’ is to test the strength of the lifeboats.
 
~ Prince Philip…
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.
 
: ~ Harrison Ford…
Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.
 
Spike Milligan...
The best cure for Sea Sickness, is to sit under a tree.
 
Jean Rostand...
Kill one man and you’re a murderer, kill a million and you’re a conqueror.
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger…
Having more money doesn’t make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I’m just as happy as when I had 48 million.
 
: – WH Auden…
We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.
 
~ Jonathan Katz…
In hotel rooms, I worry. I can’t be the only guy who sits on the furniture naked.
 
~ Johnny Carson…
If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead.
 
~ Warren Tantum… .
I don’t believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarius and we’re very skeptical.
 
~ Steve Martin...
Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap.
 
~ Jimmy Durante…
Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is.
 
.- George Roberts..
The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone.
 
~ Jonathan Winters…
If God had intended us to fly he would have made it easier to get to the airport.
 
~ Robert Benchley…
I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.
 
~ John Glenn...
As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind – every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
 
~ David Letterman…
America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.
 
~ Howard Hughes…
I’m not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. Dammit, I’m a billionaire.
 
~ Old Italian proverb..
After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.

Despite Helen’s Desire to have the Public Records Law Changed ….

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Public Records

Priority Statement:

The Florida League of Cities SUPPORTS public records reform to discourage or eliminate schemes

designed to generate violations of public records laws and disrupt agency operations.

Talking Points:

The Florida League of Cities SUPPORTS transparency and access to public records.

Hundreds of cities and other governmental entities have been targeted by opportunistic

individuals exploiting Florida’s public records law.

These individuals follow a standard scheme or operation to elicit a technical violation of the

public records laws, such as:

They approach a government employee and demand certain records.

Many times the employee is not the “custodian of public records” and inadvertently

violates the law by asking for a person’s contact information so they can contact the

requestor when the record is ready.

The requestor then files a lawsuit against the city for this violation and often, almost

simultaneously, offers a settlement seeking attorney’s fees and costs.

Money spent fighting alleged public records violations is money not being used to provide

services to municipal citizens. These schemes are designed to do nothing more than raid

public treasuries.

Legislation is needed to clarify the public records law and create a separation between

individuals who actually want public records and those who only want to harass the agency

or obtain attorney fees.

The Florida League of Cities SUPPORTS SB 80 (Steube) and HB 163 (Burgess).

The bills amend current law to require a complainant to provide written notice to the

custodian of record five business days before filing a civil action in order to be guaranteed

attorney fees in a public record lawsuit. This notice provision applies only if the city has

posted the contact information for the custodian of records in the primary administrative

building where records are created, maintained, and requested, and on its website.

The bills also allow the court to assess and award reasonable costs of enforcement and

attorney fees against the complainant if the request or civil suit was filed for an improper

purpose.

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Payments made by the responsible agency may only include the reasonable costs of

enforcement, including reasonable attorney fees, directly attributable to a civil action brought

to enforce the public record law.

Background:

The Florida League of Cities believes that access to public records is a fundamental right and that

this access improves transparency and accountability. Cities, as well as numerous other

governmental entities, are required to comply with the public records laws in Chapter 119, Florida

Statutes. While every city incurs some level of expenses in complying with public records requests,

numerous cities have incurred extraordinary or unreasonable costs. The reasons for these

extraordinary costs can vary, but include records requests clearly designed to be harassing in nature

(either by the frequency of requests or the extent of any particular request); requests designed to

generate a technical violation of the public records laws; and requests designed to do nothing more

than serve as the basis of a lawsuit, typically with offers to the city to settle and pay attorney’s fees

and costs.

Several individuals and entities around the state have developed a “cottage industry” designed to

produce technical violations of the public records laws. These individuals have a standard method of

operation. They will frequently show up at a public office, or the office of a private entity providing

services to the public entity, and demand to inspect remote or obscure documents (such as

insurance coverage documents). The employees working in these offices may not be used to

receiving public records requests, and are clearly not the “custodian of public records.” (For cities,

the custodian of public records is typically the city clerk.) In attempting to comply with the public

records request, the staff members may technically violate the public records laws (e.g., asking the

requestor for his or her name and contact number, asking the requestor to sign an entry log, stating

that they believe the information requested is not subject to the public records laws, etc.). The next

communication from the person making the public records request is service of a lawsuit alleging

violations of the public records laws. Typically, these lawsuits are then followed by a request for

settlement, demanding attorney’s fees and costs.

Various individuals and entities have filed thousands of public records requests and hundreds of

lawsuits. Recently, a judge in Duval County denied a request for attorney’s fees in a public records

lawsuit and called a plaintiff’s actions “a baiting gesture meant to achieve personal financial gain; not

a legitimate request for public records” and “nothing more than a scam.” However, other judges

around the state have opined that fees must be awarded until action is taken by the Legislature

clarifying the issue.

These schemes are designed to do nothing more than raid the public treasury at the expense

of taxpayers.

Examples of various issues with public records laws:

Since 2013, the Town of Gulf Stream has received more than 1,500 public records requests

and has been the subject of 42 different public records lawsuits. The town has expended

over $350,000 in litigation defense.

Two related public- records seeking entities have filed more than 140 lawsuits in 27 counties

within one year (against governmental entities and those having contracts with governmental

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entities).

A public-records-seeking individual claims to have filed almost 200 lawsuits over a sevenyear

period.

The Palm Beach State Attorney’s Office received more than 1,300 public records requests

from the same several requestors.

In the City of Cooper City, one individual has made approximately 600 public records

requests in one year, requiring extensive time by the city attorney, city manager, city clerk

and other managers to properly respond.

City of Belleair Beach, Town of Greenwood, Town of Indialantic and numerous other

municipalities have received public records requests for city personnel information from

2008-2013, specifically seeking name, position, mailing address, salary, etc., in a specified

format.

In the City of Oldsmar, a frequent public records requestor sends long emails and email

strings containing public records requests “embedded” within the emails.

The following governmental entities have been named as defendants in recent public records

litigation (settlement amounts are noted):

Municipalities

Atlantis

Aventura

Baldwin

Boynton Beach (Police)

Cape Coral: $12,500

Coral Gables (Police)

Cutler Bay: $2,000

Dade City

Eagle Lake: $10,000

Eustis (Police): $1,500

Fernandina Beach: $5,000

Florida City

Fort Myers

Fruitland Park

Greenacres

Gulf Stream

Hallandale Beach

Hialeah

Jacksonville Beach

Key Biscayne

Lake Park: $4,000

Lakeland (Police)

Layton

Macclenny

Miami (3) (2-City; 1-Police)

Miami Beach (2)

Miami Lakes: $2,000

Naples

New Port Richey

Orchid

Orlando (Fire)

Otter Creek

Palatka (Police)

Palm Coast

Pembroke Pines (2)

Pinecrest

Punta Gorda

Sarasota

Southwest Ranches (2)

St. Cloud

St. Petersburg (2)

Tampa (3) (2-City; 1-Police)

Venice: $2,600

Zephyrhills (2)

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Counties

Clay

Collier

Highlands: $9,000

Lake

Miami-Dade (4) (BOCC, Police, Water &

Sewer Dept.)

Orange

Osceola (2) (County,

Supervisor of Elections)

Palm Beach

Pasco

Pinellas

Volusia

School Boards

Broward

Charlotte

Clay

Duval

Flagler

Hardee

Hendry

Hillsborough

Lee

Manatee

Martin: $20,000

Miami-Dade

Orange

Osceola

Polk (3)

St. Johns

St. Lucie

Sheriffs

Broward

Charlotte

Clay (2)

Flagler

Hardee

Hillsborough (2)

Lake

Lee

Manatee

Osceola

Palm Beach

Pasco (2)

Pinellas

St. Johns

Status:

CS/CS/SB 80 (Steube) requires the court to award reasonable costs of enforcement and attorney

fees in a public record lawsuit if the city unlawfully refused to allow a record to be inspected or

copied AND the complainant provided written notice to the city’s custodian of record five business

days before filing the civil action. The notice provision only applies if the city has posted the contact

information for the agency’s custodian of records in its primary administrative building where public

records are usually created, maintained, and requested and on the city’s website. The bill allows the

court to assess and award reasonable costs of enforcement and attorney fees against the complainant

if the request or lawsuit was filed for an improper purpose. Finally, the bill clarifies that Chapter 119

does not create a private right of action authorizing the award of monetary damages for a person

who bring an action to enforce the provisions of the public record law. Payments by the responsible

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agency may only include the reasonable cost of enforcement, including reasonable attorney fees,

directly attributable to a civil action brought to enforce the public record law. CS/CS/SB 80 was

amended on Third Reading in the Senate removing “to harass” from the definition of improper

purpose. CS/HB 163 (Burgess) was laid on the table by the full House and replaced by CS/CS/SB

80. CS/CS/SB 80 passed the full Senate unanimously (38-0) on March 29 and passed the full House

on April 20. The bill now heads to the Governor for approval. (Cook)

Revised: 4/21/2017

The Town is Screwed

Joe’s article on “When will the Council Decide” is right on the money, virtually and literally.

Rhett Bullard probably thought he, Willie, and Tonja could remove Helen Miller from the Council because they may have considered her a thorn in their sides.  Helen Miller is far more intellectual and what is wrong with thinking big?  It is better than not thinking at all and what have the three, Rhett, Willie and Tonja done on their own.  We have new lighting  and they are trying to get ready to work in the sewer with assistance of our illustrious Town Manager who did all the damage to Helen Miller because the three musketeers did not see fit to doing anything on their own but hid behind Stacy Tebo’s slacks/skirts since Stacy Tebo did similar injustices in DeBary.

Well Rhett, you were the one who stated that we would all hear Helen Miller’s side in the hearing…..but it is well past the seven days to have a hearing.  To top it all, Rhett, you probably believed that you could attack Helen Miller on your own like you attacked Joe Griffin for his valid complaints about your handling of money.

Rhett, by allowing Stacy Tebo to take Mondays off, you stole value of her being in her office for Citizens and handling Town Business at $11,000 the first year and I am certain that we could add another $5,500.

 

Rhett stipulates Stacy Tebo has the right to take time off because of meetings and the like…but wait, obviously the three musketeers have never read her contract.  Stacy IS REQUIRED AS PER 2.4 HOURS OF WORK TO WORK ADDITIONALLY OVER HER NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS:

Stacy Tebo’s contract stipulates 2.4 Hours of Work – The Manager acknowledges the proper performance of the Town Manager’s Duties require that the Manager to generally observe normal business hours and will also often require the performance of necessary services outside of normal business hours.  The Manager agrees to devote additional time as is necessary for the full and proper performance of the Town Manager’s Duties and that the compensation herein provided includes compensation for the performance of all such services. The Manager will devote full time and effort to the performance of the Town Manager’s Duties and shall remain in the exclusive employ of the Town during the term of this Agreement.  The Manager, with the prior consent of the Council, may accept outside professional employment which does not interfere with the Manager performing the Town Manager’s Duties.  The term “outside professional employment” means professional services provided to third parties for which the Manager is compensated and which are performed on the Manager’s time off.  Thus, there is no 40 hour provision but Normal business hours.

Furthermore, the Town Manager is granted the same sick/personal leave benefits as authorized by Council policies for employees.  Now since Rhett allowed Stacy Tebo’s time off without other council member’s approval (I am sure Jefferson and Brown would say they also did so), the fact is, it was not brought up in meetings.

The Annual Leave given to all employees is as follows per the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual:

  •  Eight (8) hours per calendar month effective upon employment.  (Therefore Stacy Tebo would have been allowed only 12 days in her first year or 96 hours)
  • Ten (10) hours per calendar month after completion of five (5 ) years of service.
  • Twelve (12) hours per calendar month  after completion of ten (10) years of service. (That means Tracy Rodriquenz would have had 144 hours per year or 18 days paid of sick leave in a year and we know that this was not the case.)
  • Annual leave may be accumulated, but may not exceed thirty (30 ) days or two hundred forty (240) hours unless approved in writing by the Town Manager.  However, since the Town Manager is not responsible for Police officers, only the Council could approve this leave.

THE VIOLATIONS ABOVE ARE THOSE OF RHETT BULLARD AND THE TOWN MANAGER BECAUSE THE PERSONNEL MANUAL HAS NOT BEEN CHANGED OR AGREED UPON BY THE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS IN A FORMAL MEETING.

We already know that Rhett Bullard has not complied with grants such as the one relating to the community building Jefferson wished since Jefferson has done nothing for the people in White Springs.  All notices were to newspapers such as Gainesville and Lake City and not the Jasper News, much less a posting of those notices on the Notice Board at Town Hall.  Thank God Governor Scott vetoed the matter because if anything should be improved instead of demolished it is the Carver School.  The State has grants but the State may have to own the Carver School as a museum of Black History.  Yet Stacy Tebo stated to Joe that since the Town owns the Carver School, it is the officials and Tebo’s decision.  Yet, it should be the Citizens because the Council was voted in to do the Citizen’s bidding and Stacy Tebo was hired by the Council.   And Rhett believes he knows everything but he apparently is lacking even when it comes to the law and furthermore will not take Fred Koberlein’s advice.

It is our understanding that the Town also does not have any procedures in order to conduct a hearing.   Rhett Bullard may not just lie his way through this with his musketeers because Helen Miller’s attorney has requested the procedures of the hearing so that he may prepare.  What a joke.

Even I as an insurance professional had to plan in advance and determine what effect each option would have.  No that is not the case with Rhett,  Tonja and Willie.  They think because they do not like someone questioning them, they could just get rid of that person without thinking what reactions would materialize to their original actions.  Our Town Manager MPA also doesn’t seem to think outside any box and after reading her EEOC complaint, it is obvious how disorganized her thought process as well as her logic may be, if any.

Don’t forget about our Town Manager utilizing money which was stipulated in the budget only for the Special Events Committee; but yea, our Town Manager thought she could spend the money without advising the committee, but then states Helen Miller spent money without her knowledge?  How about what Stacy Tebo did to the Special Events committee?

I’m sorry, but I have to advise, because of the three musketeers actions, the Town, Rhett, Stacy, Willie and Tonja are SCREWED.

 

Karin for the blog

DON’T TELL ME WILLIE AND TONJA CAN’T BE RECALLED…

Any Municipal Elected Official can be recalled, meaning they can be booted off the Council by a majority of electors (voters). There are a lot of procedures that must accompany such a recall petition but first and foremost the person or people being recalled must be guilty of ONE or MORE of the following things.

Grounds for recall.—The grounds for removal of elected municipal officials shall, for the purposes of this act, be limited to the following and must be contained in the petition:

1. Malfeasance;

2. Misfeasance;

3. Neglect of duty;

4. Drunkenness;

5. Incompetence;

6. Permanent inability to perform official duties; and

7. Conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude.

Definitions:

Malfeasance is “Legal Wrong Doing” especially by a government official.

Misfeasance: A transgression, especially the wrongful exercise of lawful authority.

Incompetence: Inability to do something successfully; ineptitude.
Permanent Inability to perform official duties: Essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. You should carefully examine each job to determine which functions or tasks are essential to performance.
First off let’s discuss Willie and his shortcomings as they relate to the items above.
Willie is guilty of malfeasance, doing wrongful acts. Likewise Willie is guilty of misfeasance, doing a wrongful act by misusing his power as a elected council  member. Also Willie is guilty of neglect of duty, not doing the job he was elected to perform. Also Willie is completely and utterly incompetent. He lacks the basic background and knowledge to do and to know his job as a council member and to do his job, even if he knew what was expected of a council member. Finally, Willie, since he doesn’t know what is expected of a council member and what a council member should do, TASKS or FUNCTIONS, he is incapable, as history has shown us, to do the job of a Council Member.
Now lets discuss Tonja and the multitude of infractions of items above.
Tonja is guilty of malfeasance, doing wrongful acts. She is also guilty of misfeasance, misusing her power as a council member, doing a wrongful act as a Council member. Tonja is certainly guilty of  a purposeful and willful neglect of duty, not doing the job she was elected to do. Tonja, even more so than Willie, is completely totally and without a doubt in anyone’s mind incompetent. She lacks the knowledge and even the ability to gain the knowledge to know what a Council member should do. She lacks any ability to learn because her background is so incomplete that she can’t learn or even digest the English language. Besides for following Rhett at all times and in all circumstances she doesn’t know what a Council Person should do or is required to do. She is incapable of doing even the most simple jobs of a council member because of her lack of life skills and education level.
These two persons, for their lack of ability to do the job of a People’s Servant, need to be recalled. Hopefully the citizens of town will see what buffoons they really are, especially Tonja. Hopefully the citizens will put their knowledge of the basic workings of a properly run town over their friendship with these two people who have no friends except people as incompetent as they, themselves, are.

WHEN WILL THE COUNCIL DECIDE????

NOT MUCH TO WRITE ON THIS SUBJECT…

One of the stupidest things Willie and Tanja have ever done, and it is quite a list, is to vote to have Helen thrown off the Council. That was two months ago. The Town, or Willie and Tonja, has done nothing to alleviate that decision EXCEPT crow about the article printed in the Jasper News. And because it was “in the paper” they can hardly deny that the decision to make Helen vacate her seat on the Council occurred or that damage was done to Helen’s reputation because of such a vote.

Now no one is saying that Willie and Tonja KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING when they made such a vote. Willie and Tonja rarely if at all know what they are doing when dealing with their positions on the Town Council. In fact of the approximately 1000 votes taken since Rhett became Mayor, Willie and Tonja have ALWAYS VOTED, as in have NEVER voted in opposition to Rhett, exactly as Rhett wanted them to vote  What would you expect from two citizens with a combined IQ of 175. I believe, and many agree with me that they are idiot’s par excellance.

But the LAW, that thing that Willie and Tonja know nothing about, show that it is Willie and Tonja who will have to defend their reason before a Judge, if it ever gets that far. If they can’t defend themselves to Judge Slaughter, the acting Circuit Court Judge, then they are guilty of misusing the power entrusted to them. And neither Willie nor Tonja can answer the simple question, WHY did you vote to have her voted off of the Council? That means that there is no PUBLIC PURPOSE in their individual votes. Money will change hands either from the Town, meaning the citizens, or more importantly from Rhett, Tonja and Willie because none of the three can prove they voted for a public purpose. This is especially true because of 5 citizen complaints I made about the illegal expenditure of public monies by Helen Miller and the five votes Rhett, Willie and that idiot Tonja made to say no law was broken when Helen spent those funds.

How can it not now be a public purpose when five prior times it was a public purpose? As I said Willie Tonja and perhaps Rhett are dumber than a rotten stump. They don’t vote their conscious. Assuming they ever had one?  I for one will be extremely pleased if Judge Slaughter throws the book at them for not operating with the public’s interest at heart. And since they voted five times prior to this event to overlook the indiscretion on Helen’s part they can hardly now say something is wrong when five times before it wasn’t wrong.

A process, a procedure, is needed to have this vote and so forth to find Helen guilty. When is that going to occur? Lord only knows. My bet is that they try to negate their votes by simply doing nothing or voting to resend their prior vote. Not so fast there idiots. Don’t forget the paper. It is the straw that broke the Camel’s back. Their actions CAN NOT BE UNDONE. If Willie and Tonja actions are deemed to have served a public purpose, I don’t know how Judge Slaughter can find this way, then they won’t have to pay Helen any damages and said damages will have to be paid by the town. Can you say HIGHER SEWER rates? Dumb, Dumb, Dumb. They, the two of them, as so dumb that they cannot even serve the citizens they swore and oath to serve.

Maybe I’m right to have a recall election for the two of them.

NOT THAT IT MATTERS TO THE “CROOKS ARE US” THAT IS THE TOWN COUNCIL.

COUNTY COURT

IN AND FOR HAMILTON COUNTY FLORIDA

CIVIL DIVISION

JOE GRIFFIN ) CASE NO:

Plaintiff )

V. )

TOWN COUNCIL OF WHITE SPRINGS)

Defendant )

_____________________________

COMPLAINT

The Plaintiff JOE GRIFFIN (GRIFFIN) pro se files this action against the TOWN OF WHITE SPRINGS, FLORIDA (TOWN), a municipal corporation, and alleges as follows:

NATURE OF CLAIM

  • This is an action to have the TOWN COUNCIL, Defendant, to receive instructions from this Honorable Court to follow Charter Provisions, State Statutes, Municipal Ordinances and Robert’s Rules of Order that bind the TOWN to specific actions in procedures and furtherance of Open Government and Individual Rights and Liberties.
  • The Town Council is the final non judicial OR Quasi Judicial ruling authority for questions of law AND Citizen Complaints forwarded to and of the Town of White Springs.
  • Defendant has denied over 150 Citizen Complaints over the last 17 years. Not one of them has been investigated much less to suggest a probable cause.
  • Hence this appeal to this Honorable Court.

 

JURISDICTION AND VENUE

  • Florida Statute 34.01 lists the County Courts as the Venue of cases that have to do with violations of Municipal and County Ordinances.
  • This action highlights violations of Municipal Ordinances among other charges.
  • The town charter is listed as a Municipal Ordinance, Municipal Ordinance 95-05 and 99-01.
  • Most violations listed in the complaints are violations of the Charter, or a Municipal Ordinance.
  • The venue thus exists in this court for an action seeking to cease not enforcing and to require enforcement of Municipal Ordinances.
  • Not enforcing a Municipal Ordinance by the Defendant is the same as violating that same Ordinance by Defendant.
  • Charter Provisions, including reliance on Roberts Rules of Order and the Town Charter coupled with Municipal Ordinances call for the Town to follow all State and Federal Laws and Constitutional provisions.
  • The Town Charter (adopted by a municipal Ordinance) requires adherence to Open Government doctrines.
  • The Town Charter is superior to ordinary Municipal Ordinances because the Charter was voted on and approved by the Town Citizens in a referendum/ election.
  • The Town Council is bound by the exact wording and clear meaning of the town charter.
  • A municipal charter is the basic document that defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the city government. It is comparable to the Constitution of the United States or a state’s constitution. The charter is, therefore, the most important legal document of any city.
  • When adjudicating Citizen Complaints the Town Council sits as a Quasi Judicial body. They, Defendant, sit as a Judge and Jury when judging validity of any complaint.

 

    1. A quasi-judicial body is an entity such as an arbitrator or tribunal board, generally of a public administrative agency, which has powers and procedures resembling those of a court of law or judge, and which is obliged to objectively determine facts and draw conclusions from them so as to provide the basis of an official action. Such actions are able to remedy a situation or impose legal penalties, and may affect the legal rights, duties or privileges of specific parties.
  • As such the Defendant is obligated to provide Due Process to all concerns that come before Defendant in a Quasi Judicial mode of operation, such as the finding of validity of Citizen Complaints. This includes but is not limited to a neutral, unbiased, judge and jury bound only by the law and not any personal feelings the jury or judge may have.
  • While this court is not a proper venue for Extraordinary Wits, this action is not a petition for either a Writ of Mandamus or a Writ of Injunction. This action simply is a request for this Honorable Court to Instruct the TOWN to follow the provisions of its Charter in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.

 

PARTIES

  • Plaintiff JOE GRIFFIN is a Citizen of the United States, the State of Florida, of Hamilton County and of the Defendant, TOWN of White Springs.
  • Plaintiff has been a resident of each of these political entities for in excess of 17 years and all times relevant to this complaint.
  • Defendant TOWN OF WHITE SPRINGS is an incorporated municipality organized under State of Florida rules and is located in Hamilton County.

 

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT

  • Plaintiff is under a vexatious litigant restraint from the Appellate Court (Circuit Court in and for Hamilton County) in this case.
  • GRIFFIN filed with the TOWN in excess of TEN (10) Citizen Complaints during the last 4 months.
  • Plaintiff is allowed to Petition his government for a redress of grievances per Amendment One of the U.S. Constitution.
  • PLANTIFF HAS NOT been notified by Defendant that any of the petitions were to be considered nor has it allowed Plaintiff to present his petitions to the Town Council. Nor has Plaintiff been notified of any rulings on any of the Citizen Complaints adjudicated by the Quasi-Judicial Board.

 

FACTS

  • The Right to Petition a government for Grievances is delineated in Amendment One of the U.S. Constitution. That all such Petitions are to be treated equally is in the Fourth and Fourteen Amendments.

 

    1. The Town Charter Section 2 Procedures subsection 5 (a) (2) – Rules and Minutes. “Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the procedure of meetings.”
  • ARTICLE 8 SECTION 47 ROBERTS RULES OF ORDER.
  • Votes that are Null and Void even if Unanimous. No motion is in order that conflicts with the laws of the nation, or state, or with the assembly’s constitution or by-laws, and if such a motion is adopted, even by a unanimous vote, it is null and void. No rule that conflicts with a rule of a higher order is of any authority; thus, a by-law providing for the suspension by general consent of an article of the constitution would be null and void; so, the general parliamentary rule allowing a two-thirds vote to amend the by-laws after due notice, is only in force when the by-laws are silent on the subject.

 

30. The U.S. Constitution, Florida Constitution, Federal and State Laws, Municipal Charter, Municipal Articles of Incorporation and Municipal Ordinances are covered by Article 8 Section 47 of Robert’s Rules of Order.

CLAIMS FOR RELIEF

FIRST CLAIM FOR RELIEF

NO CITIZEN COMPLAINTS INVESTIGATED IN THE

LAST 4 MONTHS.

  • Paragraphs 27-30 are brought forward to this Count.
  • The Town Charter of the TOWN allows in Section 2.04 for the Investigation of any complaint forwarded to the town by any party.
  • No Due Process was allowed any Citizen Complaint.
  • In the last 4 months Plaintiff has filed in excess of 10 Citizen Complaints.
  • They range from Perceived Violations of Hours worked provisions of town employees, Residency requirements for the Town Manager, Sunshine Meeting notice requirements for Town meetings, Lack of Enforcement of the Land Development Regulations, Roberts Rules of Order and Florida Constitutional Mandates just to name a few.
  • Plaintiff was not notified when the some of the 10 plus Complaints were dismissed on December 13, 2016, up to four months after they were posted to the TOWN.
  • Some of the complaints outstanding have yet to be handled by Defendant.
  • No evidence was allowed to be presented. Due Process was not forthcoming.
  • No investigations were even considered by the Town Council simply because the Defendant Town never sought to review the complaints, to provide due process to the complaint review procedures.
  • No investigations were had because, in the words of one of the Council Members of Defendant, said and recorded in a public meeting, and accepted by the remaining Council members that the Council didn’t have to investigate any item Griffin, Plaintiff, brought before the council.
  • No investigation were even considered by the Town Council because Defendant, and all members of Defendant’s ruling board, the town council, believe that they do not have to take any notice of Citizen Complaints filed by Plaintiff.
  • Such is a violation of the Town Charter and Several Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  • No Show Cause or Good Cause finding was ever made, rejected or even considered despite the fact that the Council was sitting as a Quasi-Judicial board or function.
  • Despite receiving a “Council member’s briefing Packet” for the December 13, 2016 meeting Plaintiff did not receive notice that a limited number of his citizen complaints were to be handled.
  • Therefore Plaintiff didn’t show up for a meeting that had no subject matter that Plaintiff was interested in.
  • The existing protections of the Town Charter, and the Municipal Ordinances, State Statutes if required by the Charter or Ordinance and all Constitutional provisions must be adhered to by Defendant.
  • Plaintiff is NOT seeking this court to review any or all particular Citizen Complaints as the Respondent’s Town Council, the quasi-judicial board charged by the Charter and Municipal Policy with reviewing the Citizen Complaints, can and will do its job, if instructed to do so by this honorable court.
  • This court can order Due Process to be accomplished when lack of Due Process elicits a violation of a Municipal Ordinance.

 

WHEREFORE, as due to the First request for Relief, Plaintiff asks that this court order Defendant TOWN revisit or review each of the 10 Citizen Complaints for Probable Cause. This review should include a conversation with the Complainant to fully investigate the complaint.

Plaintiff requests NO (punitive or compensatory damages) compensation from Defendant Town other than cost of fees for filing and service. Plaintiff requests pro se attorney costs of $15.00 per hour for his time in researching, formulating and publishing this legal action.

SECOND REQUEST FOR RELIEF

NOT FOLLOWING ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER WITH RESPECT TO CLAIMS IN COUNT ONE ABOVE.

  • Paragraphs 27-30 are brought forward to this count.
  • The 10 Citizen Complaints has each used either some part of the Municipal Charter, or Ordinance, a Constitutional provision or state law that some member of the Town Administration or the Town Council has, it is believed, to have violated.
  • ALL CITIZEN COMPLAINTS, INCLUDING THE 140 PLUS THAT WERE FILED BEFORE THESE 10 COMPLAINTS, HAVE BEEN REJECTED WITHOUT DUE PROCESS, THE CHANCE TO PRESENT EVIDENCE AND GET A RULING.
  • The adoption of any “no probable cause” finding by the Town Council without judicial Process is in direct opposition to Article 8 Section 47 of Roberts Rules of Order. Article 8 Section 47 is quoted in paragraph 29 (a) of this Petition.

 

WHEREFORE, due to the Second Complaint for relief, Griffin prays that this court instruct TOWN abide by the provisions contained in Article 8 section 47 of Roberts Rules of Order and also Section 2 of the Town Charter with respect to Investigations. If no probable cause found in each or any one of the Complaints that bring forth violations of any municipal ordinance, or Charter provision then that finding of no Probable Cause or any finding which substitutes for no probable cause is Null and Void. If the violation of a Charter Provision or Municipal Ordinance is deemed not relevant or ignored by the quasi-judicial body making such judgment it is Null and Void.

There are obligations to sitting as a quasi-judicial body.
.Plaintiff requests
NO compensation (punitive or compensatory damages) from Defendant Town other than cost of court fees for filing and service. Plaintiff requests pro se attorney costs of $15.00 per hour for his time in researching, formulating and publishing this legal action.

THIRD REQUEST FOR RELIEF

NOT FOLLOWING ROBERT’S RULES OF ORDER, THE TOWN CHARTER AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW WITH RESPECT TO A SPECIFIC INSTANCE OF VIOLATIONS.

  • ALL Paragraphs in Requests One and Two are brought forward to this request.
  • January 10, 2017 Defendant did meet in a quasi judicial hearing to discuss and find validity or non-validity of a Citizen’s Complaint which echoes the EXACT arguments outlined in this Complaint.
  • They did not follow the following willingly and with intentionality:

 

                1. The Town Charter.
                2. Due Process
                3. Article 8 Section 47 of Roberts Rules of Order

 

              1. Amendment One AND Fourteen of the U.S. Constitution
              2. Town Standard Operating Procedures
              3. Case Law on the matter.

WHEREFORE, due to the THIRD Complaint for relief, Griffin prays that this court instruct TOWN abide by the provisions contained in the articles and subsections of the rules and regulations listed in Paragraph 56 in this and all other Citizen Complaints served upon the Defendant.

Plaintiff requests NO compensation (punitive or compensatory damages) from Defendant Town other than cost of court fees for filing and service. Plaintiff requests pro se attorney costs of $15.00 per hour for his time in researching, formulating and publishing this legal action.

FOURTH REQUEST FOR RELIEF

D. NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION ON AND OF THE DECISION TO NOT FIND PROBABLE CAUSE IN RESPECT TO THIS COUNCIL DECISION HIGHLIGHTED IN COUNT 3 ABOVE.

  • Paragraphs 27-30 are brought forward into this Request.
  • At the January 10, 2017 meeting which discussed the Citizen Complaint highlighted in the Third Request for Relief, Plaintiff sought and was not answered by members of the Defendant questions and answers to each members thoughts and reasons for their decisions on the matter at hand.
  • This was the meeting where the Council took the suggestion to not answer any of Plaintiff’s Citizen Complaints said by one of its members.
  • According to Times v. Williams approved by Neu v. Miami Herald Publishing (Quote Below) Plaintiff is allowed to “know” the thoughts and thought processes of the Respondent, and its members, concerning the questions presented by the Citizen Complaint highlighted in Request 3 above.

 

It is the how and the why officials decided to so act which interests the public, not merely the final decision. As the court recognized in Times Publishing Company v. Williams, 222 So. 2d 470, 473 (Fla. 2d DCA 1969), disapproved in part on other grounds, Neu v. Miami Herald Publishing Company, 462 So. 2d 821 (Fla. 1985):

“Every thought, as well as every affirmative act, of a public official as it relates to and is within the scope of his official duties, is a matter of public concern; and it is the entire decision-making process that the legislature intended to affect by the enactment of the statute before us.”

  • No explanations or thought processes were forthcoming from members of Defendant in regard to this Request for Relief despite being asked to provide them by Plaintiff.
  • Citizen oversight means more than just being allowed to “watch the show” WITH NO METHOD OF QUESTIONING OR UNDERSTANDING THE OUTCOME OR THE REASONS THEREOF.

 

WHEREFORE Petitioner seeks that the members of Defendant are instructed by this Honorable Court to answer questions concerning their thought processes on the matter from members of the Public, including Plaintiff WITH RESPECT to Citizen Complaints.

Plaintiff requests NO compensation (punitive or compensatory damages) from Defendant Town other than cost of court fees for filing and service. Plaintiff requests pro se attorney costs of $15.00 per hour for his time in researching, formulating and publishing this legal action.

Joe E. Griffin

Pro Se Plaintiff

16589 Mill Street

White Springs, Florida 32096-1967

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IF I WERE SUCH A MAN…

Willy “Bobby Joe” Jefferson is a gutless wonder, I BELIEVE.
Every Wednesday morning I have breakfast with Reverend Scippio and Reverend Hutcherson. Willy knows this and last night after the Council Meeting he PROMISED to meet me at Breakfast this morning (Wednesday) to discuss last night’s finding that I am not entitled to Helen Miller’s e-mails.

There we were. Karin and I were waiting for the man to show up. But he didn’t show. Now maybe it was because his work kept him longer than expected. But he PROMISED. He could have called Fat Bellies and said he was running late or not at all. But he didn’t make that call. Instead he was a gutless coward, I believe, because he could NOT bear to hear the truth.

If I were a man of his size I wouldn’t be afraid of anything. Obviously if I were a man of his integrity I wouldn’t show up either.