We need to take our town back before Corruption loses it!

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
― Carl SaganThe Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark
John Steinbeck

“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”
― John Steinbeck
Thomas Jefferson

“Whereas it appeareth that however certain forms of government are better calculated than others to protect individuals in the free exercise of their natural rights, and are at the same time themselves better guarded against degeneracy, yet experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, ….whence it becomes expedient for promoting the publick happiness that those persons, whom nature hath endowed with genius and virtue, should be rendered by liberal education worthy to receive, and able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens, and that they should be called to that charge without regard to wealth, birth or accidental condition of circumstance.”
― Thomas JeffersonJefferson: Writings
G. Edward Griffin

“To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.”
― G. Edward Griffin

WHICH IS IT?

  1.  Lack of Enforcement of the Zoning Codes
  2. Selective enforcement of all other ordinances
  3. Making ordinances that affect only one person
  4. Having a Mayor that cannot follow simple directions in establishing a charter school
  5. Having a sewer rate 250% higher than neighboring towns
  6. Using the sewer increase as collateral for a $3,000,000 loan
  7. Seeking a grant of $250,000 to get the $3,000,000 loan …meaning no skin in the game WHEN THEY TOLD THE PUBLIC THEY ALREADY HAD THE MONEY FROM THE SEWER RATE INCREASE.
  8. Purposely LYING on public documents by the police department and the council
  9. Having a Police of Chief that has a DUI and an assault conviction
  10. Having the Chief of Police take a police department car putting at least 160 miles total daily.
  11. Special Strokes for Special folks by the Police Department
  12. Special Strokes for Special folks by the Council
  13. Special Strokes for Special folks by the Management
  14. Not following Florida Statutes 119, 286.011, and 112.313
  15. Spending a hundred thousand dollars on defense of legal actions that sought remedy of the violations above
  16. The missing grant money which had to be found but no one knew where it was
  17. The lack of volunteers for the fire department when compared to other cities our size
  18. The lack of the council to do anything about the fire department before the ISO recommendations and mandates.
  19. Arguing over $80 for Andrew when he has handled the fire department solely when Chief Stith has not been available
  20. Knowing SHE required repairs but the council doing nothing about it until we were told the school will close.
  21. Having 20 applicants for Town Manager say “No”.
  22. Having the Town administrative Staff do background checks
  23. The Mayor and Vice Mayor wanting a defrocked attorney be manager
  24. Not filling the Town Manager position on a timely basis
  25. Allowing the Mayor to spend money outside of council approval when the Charter does not allow it
  26. Allowing the Mayor to spend checks for purposes not intended (i.e. PCS Check for the Hope Program)
  27. Failure to follow contracts (i.e. collection services)
  28. Lack of Water Tower painting when it is under contract and required
  29. Having ill equipped ill trained and moral degenerates as town managers previously
  30. Not retaining a sinking fund for the Sewer pipes which are required
  31. NOT FOLLOWING THE TOWN CHARTER
  32. The Mayor not following the “Weak Form of Mayor” mandated by the charter
  33. Knowing and allowing former Manager to violate prisoners.
  34. Knowing and allowing Mr. Lofton to abuse children in the H.O.P.E. program and taking their food
  35. Non-preplanning for the Carver School Asbestos abatement and demolition yet spending over $19,000 on a model and preliminary plans.
  36. Spending $2,500,000 (sewer on 25A, amphitheater, concrete park and sidewalk to nowhere without creating the first local job or business.
  37. Buying a $10,000 lawnmower we did not need
  38. Saving $40,000 by having two full-time deputies of the Sheriff’s department in lieu of our police department
  39. Using Tom Moore to violate the sunshine law by polling councilmembers prior to a public vote
  40. Not providing adequate if any recreational opportunities (outdoor swimming pool, lighted basketball court, etc.) for our young people.

 

Are you not INTERESTED IN THIS TOWN or are you MORE INTERESTED IN JOE AND MY ALLEGED SHORTCOMINGS?

PICK ANY ONE ISSUE AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO DEBATE IT WITH YOU.

 

HOW DID HELEN MISS THIS ONE???

From a loyal reader…
The Question that begs an answer, “Is the Town of White Springs in Violation Of United Nations Rights Treaties”, when it shuts off water service to late payers and then adds a fee for re-supply?

The Question rises above Local, County, State, and Federal Level to that of International.

It appears that Third World Nations, are treated better than White Springs Residents.

How did our “Mayor”- who alludes to International Experience miss this one ???

Based on passed behavior, one might speculate- with reasonable suspicion, that the “Mayor” was fully aware of the UN/Water Rights issue, but figured the Town Populace of Simpletons’ , are so unaware, that They would never pick up or comprehend the Right’s Violation.

 

The Anonymous People need to familiarize themselves with the English Language before throwing stones

One of our great Anonymous people made a complaint about “Passed Behavior”….That term is correct and obviously you are the one who did not take English 101. Since the reader who submitted it is extremely intellectual, I will take that as a compliment that you “blamed” me.

passed  [past, pahst]  Show IPA
adjective
1.
having completed the act of passing.
2.
having received a passing grade on an examination or test or successfully completed a school course, year, or program of study.
3.
Finance. noting a dividend not paid at the usual dividend date.
4.
U.S. Navy. having successfully completed an examination for promotion, and awaiting a vacancy in the next grade: a passed chief engineer.
Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English;
An interaction between two units always takes the form of a method or constructor invocation. The set of invocations from a unit under test to its dependencies, together with the argument and return values passed between them, define the behavior of interest for the tests of that particular unit. In addition, a given test may need to verify the relative order of execution between multiple invocations.

IT’S SAD THAT YOU REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND!!

Anonymous comment:

Nobody is as insecure, bitter and small as you two are. The people you constantly attack are your victims. YOU ARE THE THEM in your poster.

 

KARIN’S COMMENT:

If  we were insecure about our convictions, I doubt if we would post what we do.  You call the people in politics we call out, victims, but really what have they done for the town, other than again starting the H.O.P.E. program to assist families in Town is nothing.   The Mayor and Council people have opportunity to change things by hiring the right Town Manager and from what we have heard, no one has been hired.   These Victims as you call them have hurt the Citizens of White Springs by retaining a high water and sewer rate and charging exorbitant late charges in comparison to other areas.

 

Like the Chicken Crossing the Road, you should ask yourself, who started these attacks.  Joe was attacked even while fighting for his life while in the hospital for eleven months after his accident.  Those attacks continued when he returned, even having his property taken away.  This town has taken a lot from the Citizens but there has not been a lot of return.

 

Some of you said that we wished to be in the inner circle and we were angry because we are not.  If that is the inner circle without vision and forethought of how to help others than themselves, I wouldn’t want to be them.  Frankly I could not stand a night out with McKenzie bragging about himself or the Mayor.  I do however, enjoy people with a sense of humor who can enjoy life and the town is not the only discussion.  That is why we have the friends we have and even when Marshall was a close friend we had great laughs and fun.

 

Obviously you do not understand that it is the politics of this town that is ruining us (meaning all of the citizens).  And most citizens are afraid of the repercussions of the town.  Look what they have done to Joe for years and now to me.   At least we own up to what we say and do.  We do not hide behind a computer under some anonymous name.  And we believe in the rights of the Citizens of White Springs….those citizens who are fearful of speaking out also, because that would mean our police department or someone else would go after them.

 

One person when they received their first high water rate came over to our house and said they were afraid of talking to us because they had sat by us at a council meeting and they had received some nasty letter as a result.  Really? Now that is insecurity by fear.  Not wishing to speak up for themselves but blaming their association with another for the problem.  Yes this town places the fear in everyone and people who go beyond in thought process, recognize what they have done to Joe in the past and all he has been doing is trying to make certain that everyone follows the law and that there are no longer special strokes for special folks.   No I do not wish to be them.  We have been the victims continually whether by sly strategies of the Mayor and Council People or all of you anonymous people not wishing to understand what the real issues are.

Wm Lawrence the only candidate of the three with Town Manager Experience

William Lawrence, candidate for Town Manager of White Springs, appears to be a hands-on individual with a wealth of experience in being a Town Manager for Lincoln Maine.  He is the only candidate out of the three being interviewed Friday who is or has had Town Manager experience.  When mentioning some of the difficulties, his answer was “Well it’s time to go to work”.  Yes, the Mayor pre-warned all the candidates of Joe Griffin being a trouble maker.   Trouble Maker he may be considered if he finds that it is a problem for the Town officials to follow the laws of FL and the Town Charter.

 

As a Town Manager of Lincoln ME, there were twelve (12) on the budget committee for the 2015 budget.  In looking at the 2015 budget, for the Fire & EMA Department the total is $333,072 with $365,434 as 2014’s figures.  The Police Department’s expenditures for 2014 were $412,711 with the 2015 Budget being reduced to $332,631.  This is for a population of 2,884 residents.  Our budget is approximately $127,000 less for around 750 residents.

 

The total Municipal Operating Budget for 2014 was $4,267, 265.  For 2015 William Lawrence, the Town manager, requested the budget be lowered to $3,871,741. That is a savings of $395,524 in Municipal Operating Expenses.    If you would like to see Lincoln’s operating budget it is under:  http://www.lincolnmaine.org/upload/FY2015%20Draft%20budget%20-%20Budget%20Committee.PDF

 

Of course Joe’s main question seemed personal “What do you pay for Water and Sewer?”  Lawrence’s answer was around $40.00 a month.   This was after we converted ME’s rates based upon cubic feet into 4,000 gallons of water.  From the tables, which were quarterly we came up with a figure of $20.48 for water and $27.73 for Sewer for a total $48.21 per month based upon 4,000 gallons of water. The amount our residents pay for sewer and water is $78.65 a month or $30.44 more a month since the minimum is based upon 4000 gallons.  Otherwise it would be $38.65 more based upon what Mr. Lawrence pays a month.

 

Lincoln Main received $2.65 million in allocations of federal stimulus funds which defrayed the cost to the town’s 1,200 sanitary district customers of a third and final upgrade to the town’s wastewater treatment system.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded a $1.95 million grant and $700,000 loan as part of funds distributed to Maine through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, U.S. Sens. Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins said in a joint statement.

“This critical funding will not only repair and improve sewer infrastructure but will create crucial jobs in the process,” Snowe and Collins said. “By investing in rural infrastructure, these USDA programs will help Maine communities provide essential services, boost economic growth, and increase the quality of life for residents throughout the area.”

If you are interested in seeing information about Lincoln Maine….which is beautiful….see the attached: http://www.welcometolincolnmaine.com/index.php/our-area/town-government

 

 

Meet William Lawrence when he was Police Chief:

 

http://www.welcometolincolnmaine.com/index.php/fun/video/659-interview-with-lincoln-police-chief-william-lawrence

Of the three Candidates, Mr. Lawrence has the most experience and is ready to go to work in White Springs as its Town Manager.

 

Posted by Karin Griffin at 6/17/2014 8:49 PM

Springs Journal corrects me on Police Reservist policy – Thank you!

The town does not pay the reserves. All of them violates the reserve officers policy. The policy’p states that a minimum commitment of 8 hours a month must be worked.Officer Corey Debolt ( Tracy’s personal friend) has not worked in over a year.

Officer Barry Kelly ( Tracy’s personal friend) only comes out for May Day and other events

Officer Kevin Graham comes out about once every three months

Officer Chris Rapp comes when needed.

All of these officers live a minimum of 1 hour to 4 hours away.

 

Reader agrees we have an ineffective police department – Thank you for the update

It has been confirmed that chief Rodriquez has more unsolved crimes in 4 months as chief, then Brookins had In 6 years as Chief. Since February of this year, there are currently 14 un solved burglaries. There are also. Numerous thefts and two robberies and several serious battery’s. That is unacceptable by any means. We have a non working chief who has publicly stated that she pays for the gas in the chiefs vehicle and she will not patrol on her dime. You have her number two officer Harden who has been a cop for maybe 9 months and then you have officer Meeks who also has very little lad time. Then you have a reserve force who hardly come out and work. Then you have her choice to hire former Officer Klug who stayed maybe two months. The town invested over 1000.00 dollars in him by purchasing a bullet proof vest, uniforms and paying for his camp site at the park and then at Kelly’s. He was kicked out of the park for having several loud alcohol fueled parties some of which Chief Tracy was at. One of the times she spent the night in Klug’s camper. As a 30 year resident of White Sprimgs, I would like for us to consider abolishing the Police Department and get the Sheriffs Office to handle. the Sheriff is constitutional required to provide Law Enforcement services at not cost to the county. The public records request I did with the Sheriffs Office shows that they are already handling 73% percent of the calls for service already. If that’s the case. Why do we have a budget of over 200,000.00 to the PD. that money could help lower our sewer and water bills.

 

WE WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THE ISSUES

Thank you Springs Journal for providing us with information we would not have had or would have not known about.  It was so refreshing to see someone with your knowledge provide information about the issues.  It is a rarity.

 
To our other readers, I welcome any and all comments from especially the Citizens of White Springs relating to your concerns about the Town of White Springs. If you have information you would like to share but are concerned about using your name, as long as it pertains to issues, you may use a name you choose.
 
Thank you again Springs Journal for providing me with information I would not have known.