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Here’s The Scoop…VFD #1….Public Information…Who Knows What…

Dear Readers….below is the correspondence and the beginning of finding where the truth lies…with the Resignation letter…the “investigation” by the Town….and the VFD’s past and present operations…….it’s quite an eye opener…sad to report…

(last to first…in e-mails …..)

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Thank you for your time, I have just sent a reply to the Chief, who has informed me the Constitution/By-Law is the Aug. 2004 version. Barbara Cole

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Good afternoon, Ms. Cole:

I am informed that the Town does not know the date that the “VFD Constitution/By-Laws” was created, or the date on which it was delivered to the Town. Perhaps this document was sent to the Florida Division of Corporations? If so, you could likely obtain the answer to your question there.

I’m sorry we could not find the information you requested.

–Dan

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Chief Perkins,
I will require the minutes from meetings in October and November also…
Thank you, I will pick them up on Friday. Barbara Cole

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Dear Ms. Cole

The following is a response to your request for information.

A. You may pick up a copy of the September meeting minutes on Friday 11/7/2008

B. You may pick up an updated roster on the same day

C. August 2004 is the last current version completed

( there will be a six dollar charge for the reports generated )

Chief Robert Perkins

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The VFD Constitution / By Laws that we had given to you is all that we have.

June White

Town Clerk

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Madam Town Manager Colon
Madam Town Clerk White
Town Attorney
Abbott
VFD Fire Chief Perkins

I appreciate the quick response by the Town with my request for the VFD-LBTS 2000/2008 contracts and the VFD Constitution.
I do believe the Constitution provided by the Town with a cover page showing a 1999 year on it is not the latest version being used by the VFD.
If there is another Constitution with updated By-Laws from 2003 or 2004, I would like that version.
Is the Town in receipt of the version the VFD is using?
Also,I would like to know the Town’s role in any continued disregard from the VFD in honoring my request for public information?
Thank you, Barbara Cole

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9/30/08…Resignation Letter… former-Battalion chief Patrick Pointu

….Our by laws were not updated and the current ones are not followed.

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Memorandum 11/3/08….from Town Manager Colon……

1. Patrick Pointu’s resignation

(answering the resignation allegations by the former Battalion Chief)..

5. By laws not updated- Chief Perkins informed me that the by laws have been updated.

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(from response …e-mailed to this writer 11/5/08)

C. August 2004 is the last current version completed

Chief Robert Perkins

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This seems to be consistent with former Battalion Chief Patrick Pointu’s allegation in his 9/30/08 resignation letter…and in this writer’s opinion calls into question the Town Manager’s investigation into this matter…the VFD is following the 2004 by-laws…has not updated them and is not following them…and has not followed them…on many fronts…how is it possible that the Town does not know the date of the Constitution/By-Laws…or when it was received? The copy from the Town..which they stated is “all that they have”…is not dated…and is not signed!…

It is this writer’s humble opinion that rather than shoot the messenger…Patrick Pointu…the Town would have been better served to meet with him and uncover the truth behind his assertions…for the benefit of the VFD and the Town…

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In his letter Patrick Pointu states….’You hired me as an administrator until September 30st to organize the department during the transition period that is ending today. I am not happy with the result, we’ve gone a long way, but I was expecting much more.’

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There is definitely more to come…. Stand-outs that will leave some reeling………and that will surely leave all deeply disturbed…and disappointed…in those they stood behind….


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