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Here’s The Scoop…Public Requests …Passing It On…Down The Line…

NOT IN MY  JOB DESCRIPTION….

Dear Readers …some time ago this writer posted on our sister site http://heresthescooponline.com/ a post about having deep pockets in order to get public information…Although Comm. Clottey and the dais made it clear that staff should not be charging for time …seems the Administration decided not to listen… ( Why are we not surprised?)…A fellow resident is among the many who was charged for staff time…and this time this writer is now in the same boat…HMMM…Also interesting is the passing along of the Town Clerk’s duties…The Town Clerk is usually the person to contact for public requests…A while back I received responses from the unofficial Deputy Clerk Nikki Smith, and the requests went back and forth between Town Clerk White and Dep. Clerk (Office Specialist) Smith…Today a further change of hands for Public Records Requests  has taken place …According to the e-mail below from Town Clerk White…those requests will now go tp the Public Information Officer Steve d’ Oliveira…..

Question is  Was this a sudden decision…and did anyone inform  PIO d’Oliveira of his new role …because on the Town Website as of today shows… the following….OOPS!…

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
954-776-3611
[email protected]

TOWN CLERK / PUBLIC RECORDS
954-776-0576
[email protected]

How many other municipalities have Public Records Requests NOT go to the Town Clerk?…

THE E-MAIL….6/16/09….(last to first)…

To:
[email protected]
Dear PIO d’Oliveira:
Congratulations on your new role…Public Information Request Officer…
I will be coming in tomorrow, 6/17/09 with a check for the Public Records Information request I sent in. to the Town Clerk.
I would ask for an itemized bill of the staff hours used for the information.
If it will run beyond the $50 I ask that you give me what that $50 covered and I will see if I want to pay the cost for the rest.
Thank you, Barbara Cole

Barbara,

This will take us some time to get together. Also, because this will be time consuming we are asking for a $50.00 deposit.

Please take note that any and all future public records requests should go through Steve d’Oliviera, Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

June

June White, Town Clerk

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

4501 N. Ocean Drive

Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308

Phone: 954-776-0576

Fax:     954-776-1857

From: Barbara Cole [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 8:52 AM
To: June White
Subject: Public Records Request

Town Clerk White;
I am requesting information on the following;
Sanitary Sewer- Design & Permitting (Palm Club )
FY 2006-7 Actual….$ 48,352
FY  2007-8 Actual ….$144,452

Both are on page 123 of the 2008/2009 Budget for Capital Improvement Fund (on Town website) and the latter on page 5 of the 2009/2010 Budget for Capital Improvement Fund (on Town website backup material 6/9/09 Special Meeting)
I would appreciate your contacting me on any additional charges that will beyond copy costs before this request is enacted.
I would like copies of what these costs entailed..bills, receipts, work done. etc…
Thank you, Barbara Cole

BC-I will be coming in with the deposit…

E-MAIL FROM THE 2ND PUBLIC RECORDS OFFICER…with a Cc to the 1ST….HMMM……
From: Nekisha Smith [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 10:46 AM
To: Yann Brandt
Cc: June White
Subject: Public Records Request

Mr. Brandt,

I am in receipt of your request for the monthly finance reports from 10/1/08 to present. I wanted to let you know that each report is about 35 pages long at $0.15 per page. Also you will have to factor in the amount for staff time. I will need confirmation that you would like me to go forward with your request.

Thank You

Nikki Smith

Senior Office Specialist

Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Phone: 954-776-0576

Fax: 954-776-1857

more to come….

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