Jasper Meeting July 11th

Although a local TV Station covered the Jasper Meeting last night, I must admit it was one of the best meetings we had attended.  The agenda was handled like clockwork and as to Attorney Rhett Bullard, he did not take over for the council but rather acted as an attorney, assisting only when asked.  This was a strange phenomena but one which is welcome.

Buzz Eddy Senior Adviser for the Florida League of Cities will be assisting the council to find an interim manager.  He will assist in the advertising and worked with the council to make a determination of the number of hours the interim manager would work and the payment for that time whether it be three months or six months and that would be negotiable until such time as a permanent Town Manager is found.  It was decided that since the prior manager was making $75,000 per year that $40,000 would be offered.  Buzz Eddy indicated there are senior prior Town Managers that assist Towns for a short period.  In fact Buzz Eddy had been a town manager for several years and now that he has retired, he is giving back to the people at no cost to the Town.  The Florida League of Cities only pays for his mileage.

Currently the Town has incurred $5,000 in fees for the attorney who is fact finding the incident between Ms. Jennifer Hightower and the former manager.  The attorneys were upset that they had received Chapter 119 requests and hadn’t expected them.  Joe Griffin admitted he had sent the attorneys public record requests and had provided a law in the Sunshine which stipulated that the investigation should be conducted in a regular meeting/hearing attended b the public.  The Attorney felt that since the former manager quit, there would be no reason for them to continued.  The Town Attorney Bullard was asked why the Attorneys Allen, Norton and Blue, chose citizens and employees  rather than just interviewing the two people involved, Williams and Hightower.  Attorney Bullard stated he is allowing them to investigate in the manner in which they wish.  As a result of a long discussion, it was decided that the Attorneys will continue their fact finding because Jennifer Hightower had a problem with a current councilor and the work environment is still hostile. It was stated that the investigation will take approximately 20 hours more at $200 per hour or $4000/  The Total cost to Jasper then would be approximately $9,000.  This is a far cry from what White Springs paid this attorney firm of $25,900 which we are uncertain if that amount reached $31,000 from the billings received.

Spencer Nabors, ITC discussed the upcoming CDBG Grant.  He is from the area and last year assisted Jasper to secure a new well which is needed, but time ran out.  There is a need also for generators as the 1980 generators hare died and there is only one that is operable, especially in a hurricane, this is a concern.  Mr. Nabors is doing this at no cost until the grant is secured; then an administrator has to be chosen and his company is on the list. The fees are already set and can’t be changed but since there is a short window, he will do this for Jasper to assist.  The council agreed to accept his assistance.

Since the Town owns the scout hut, it was under consideration to move the police department to that location.  However in discussing the matter, it was found that the building was built for scouts and as a result there are some which again started a troop and it would not work.   The Police Officer McGuire, who once was the interim manager, mentioned that the only reason the Police Department considered the scout hut is that currently they are paying $600 a month in rent which would save the Town $7,200 a year.  The problem with the old police department building was that it was not up to code to utilize computers and it became too small.

Because of FRDAP two park signs are required and it was decided after one citizen offered her assistance to pain the sign for free, if the Town purchased the materials, that they would utilize the local Sign company for the work.

LaBelle Botanics requires another line for Gas service and the only line available is one which is on the other side of the railroad tracts.  Otherwise it would be too expensive.  LaBelle is currently purchasing propane from a local dealer because they have to double the amount of gas they are using for double the production.  One of the Councilors will be checking with a friend who is familiar with the Railroad.  They will possibly be required to carry a $1,000,000/3,000,000 limit of Railroad Liability protection and have a shoo-fly placed on the tracks so that it does not interrupt train movement.

The public Works Director Harry Davis advised at the meeting that he had been asked to place in new utilities for the SVNC Extension for the Nursing Home and it resulted in a multiple changes to manholes, etc.  He had the cost of approximately $30,000 which would be reimbursed by the nursing home.  The Young councilman suggested that a contract be drawn to assure the City would be reimbursed and it was voted that a contract would be secured. It is amazing how talented Harry Davis is.  He apparently is a jack of all trades and Jasper is so lucky to have someone like him.  He not only handles water waste water but Public Works and definitely knows what Jasper needs and can stipulate more than one way in which to handle what ever problem comes up.

There was approval for the SRWMD Fire Hydrant Grant so that certain areas could be paved. Each section to be paved will cost $2,500, and one section will be done before another starts.

Since City Clerk Jennifer Hightower missed the City Clerk retreat, she asked whether she could be paid for overnight and Travel by the council.  She further stated she will pay for the registration.  That was approved by the council and one of the councilors will advise her on Monday if he may attend.

Two budget workshops will be held, one on June 30th, which the young councilor may not attend because he is moving his mother from Colorado to Florida.  And there will also be a July meeting.  Finance Director Margaret Harper gave the council members a report on the existing funds of the town and discussed the need for the workshops. The other workshop will be held in July and I am certain the media will have the correct dates for you.

Fire Department Chief Josh Waters gave a report of the number of calls he had made.  Something White Springs does not provide is reimbursement for volunteers to work out.  Josh Waters was asked if the increase from $10.00 to $25.00 per volunteer call assisted in increasing the firefighters at calls.  It has assisted somewhat.

It was stated that they will seek Hamilton County’s approach to a more professional handling of meetings so that motions are made correctly and the meetings held more efficiently.

I apologize that I am not yet familiar with the names.  I know Mr. Lumpkin is Mayor but that is all that I am familiar with. Yet I must say I am really impressed in the way things are handled since the last meeting I attended.  The youngest councilor was extremely impressive, logical and assisted the other councilors in making sound decisions.  He is a young man going places in my opinion.

 

PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST TO LAURA HUTTON

YESTERDAY ON THIS BLOG I GAVE MY READERS A COPY OF AN EMAIL 119 REQUEST I SENT TO MS. HUTTO.

In that email I asked for any and all paperwork and proof sources the Supervisor of Elections office had that would prove that Spencer Lofty actually filled his exemption form out on 5-4-2018 instead of what the affidavit says which is 4-4-2018. It is now pushing 4:30 and still no response from Ms. Hutto. Can it possibly be that there is no proof and that the affidavit is accurate as written. Of course that would mean Ms. Hutto’s email to me stating the discrepancy was  her fault and not the fault of Lofty was a lie, which I believe. She better start listening in church to her husband. No proof, it didn’t happen and the printed affidavit is deemed to be the truth. Lofty claims he was Mayor before the election and before the appointment at the organizational meeting. This would prove that the town election was rigged and that Lofty and Rhett both knew it. Corruption in White Springs has reached the Supervisor of Elections office, surprise, surprise surprise.

IT WOULD BE SO EASY. JUST LOOK AT THE COMPUTER AND SEE WHAT DAY THE FORM WAS PUT INTO THE SYSTEM AND SEND ME A COPY OF THE PRINTOUT. BUT SHE REFUSES. I GUESS I’LL JUST GET IT FROM THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ELECTIONS. THEY AT LEAST FOLLOW THE PUBLIC RECORDS LAW. I KNOW SHE DIDN’T “SIT ON THE FORM” FOR A MONTH.

THE GRINCH WHO STOLE WHITE SPRINGS AND HAS HIS FINGERS IN JASPER

 

The Grinch knew there would be opportunity to steal and the right provisions to give him the adoration he deserved in a small town which to him was home…especially one in which he knew he could hide his sexual and devious ways. He made certain he had followers who were ill-educated and had no idea how a Town was run or anything relating to laws, so that no matter who may be chosen as mayor, they would have to follow his advice and be grateful to him for that advice no matter how illicit

For some time he and his family watched the many people of White Springs to see who may be the weakest, the most pliable, and the most inadequate; after all he could appoint them to some of the most prominent positions and committies where he would be held in reverence..

The Grinch, however, had one problem, the Rev. Griffin.  Rev. Griffin found information about Subic; information about cousin Bobby Townsend and he believed in honesty and the integrity of government and its people.  Alas, he had to make Griffin look bad so he started underhandedly utilizing staff to speak ill of the Griffin. He started a campaign in his dislike for Griffin with other officials, citizens and staff and even used the Millers to go after the Griffins as criminals.  The Rev. Griffin believed in the Sunshine laws and the Grinch believed in closed government outside of the Sunshine Laws.

Yet the Grinch had a secondary problem and that was what to do with Ph.D. Miller. He had his Town Manager and Finance Director research every file to get anything on her that they could.  And after the first set of charges was in the newspaper, and the Griffin Blog intimidated him and irritated the Town Manager,  he realized how stupid those charges were. Then the Town Manager and Finance Director had to find other charges that were somewhat convincing so that he could be rid of Miller by making her forfeit her seat.  But then, PhD Miller was elected again!  What was the poor Grinch to do?

Now the Grinch since he was an attorney, had many friends who were attorneys and judges.  Now the PhD Miller hearing went as planned since it was a quasi judicial hearing consisting of four councilors, three of which he controlled.  Now the three really didn’t know what “Malfeasance” meant but they charged PhD Miller with Malfeasance  on every count, even for asking for help with chairs.  They partied at the Grinch’s home because they felt they won.

The Grinch allowed the Town Manager to pick her own friend, an attorney from Volusia county to defend her but now that attorney is providing defense for White Springs without a contract.  But the Grinch doesn’t care about contracts and he rarely reads one and just signs them if they are presented.  But mostly what the Grinch can do is go to his judicial friends and deny Ph.D Miller’s appeal.  But there was a problem, the Judge mixed up a quasi judicial hearing with a legislative hearing stipulating it was the latter so Ph.D. Miller has now gone to the First Circuit Court of appeals. And that court feels Ph.D. Miller has a standing since it was a quasi judicial hearing decided by the grinch and his two councilors. Woe is the Grinch!  Now the First Circuit Court of appeals in Tallahassee is going to read the transcripts of the hearing and the evidence and the Grinch and his Town Manager are not certain how attorney Elkind can twist and turn the situation to provide a win for the Town.

Then the Griffins sent complaints to the Commission on Ethics on the Grinch, the Town Manager and the Finance Director.  These complaints related from anything to Ph.D Miller’s plight of a council seat; to the loss of a Fire Department; to granting special favors to himself and little Andrew Greene because of his position as well as all those attorney’s fees which were spent without council approval.

Now the Grinch has been able to buy votes and people believe his promises but he certainly did not realize that the Rev. Griffin and PhD Miller would join forces, especially when they eadh made it clear they disliked each other for cause.  And then Anita Rivers and Nicole Williams joined the two along with Karin Griffin and have brought together multitude of people who support a better White Springs.  What upset the Grinch is that his buddy in crime, the great Jefferson, lost to Ph.D. Miller by four votes. Four votes thought the Grinch, “How could that happen”.

The Grinch needed to step back so he decided that Lofty would be Mayor.  And since Lofty had a very minimal education in the National Guard, he knew Lofty could be controlled. That is something the Grinches family was very familiar with, how to control the Black population of White Springs.  You give them a perk or two here or there, but not too much.  Just enough so that they do your bidding.

And as a clever Grinch makes certain there is no oversight by other agencies or persons on his staff now that he rid himself of Anita Rivers.. But unfortunately he had to get rid of Fire Chief Pittman because he could see how popular he was just like Ph.D. Miller.  What Pittman brought together was a brotherhood of firefighters and the Grinch, even though he was asked to assist the brotherhood at Halloween, knew he was not one of them but wanted to be.  So he could not be one of them and since they hurt his beloved Andrew, it was necessary they be rid of Pittman.  This way the Grinch and his Town Manager are able to use funds they wish and for the people who follow them for handouts and bonus opportunities without the responsibility of the Fire Department.

Some of the people in White Springs knew better but were fearful of what the Grinch and his loyal police department would do to them; The Grinch would do anything to try and jail Griffin or to cause him monetary injury because it was known Rev. Griffin was right but they needed to silence him anyway.  And no matter how hard the Grinch and staff looked, they could not find anything to arrest Ph.D. Miller on so now they are stuck with her again.

Special strokes were given to special folks who honored the Grinch and those that dared to not would lose their jobs, their programs, or possibly be harassed by the Grinch’s friends, family and the police force, if they all knew what was good for them..

Others knew that money was being taken from the town but could not determine how it was being taken except in the manner of attorneys fees and the special bonuses given to the Town Manager and Little Andrew.  There was never a budgetary sheet given at meetings to find out what our Receivables and Payables are and the Town Manager never had to work her contract hours; only a four day week most of the time.  Others were not paid for accidents or sick leave in the manner in which the personnel file stipulates.  While sick time is not Workers Compensation for an accident at work, the full amount was paid to these employees instead of approximately 2/3 of one’s salary which would be paid under Workers Compensation.  The Grinch and the Town Manager did not adhere to the 30 days per year, but paid full benefits for the full duration these employees were out.  After all, it is only fair because the Grinch allows the Town Manager a four day week in spite of her contract stating otherwise.

The Grinch’s friends also receive benefits such as an emergency Fire Vehicle for their personal use.  Friends are given credit cards to pay for fuel and maintenance but Ph.D. Miller got called out on using a card to pay for the yearly Beautiful Dreamer Banquet and award and ended up paying the expenses herself.  How bad is that?   . The Grinch’s friends didn’t have to work like other people and they received higher salaries and benefits as a result since they kept the dirty little secrets to themselves.

The best benefit that the Grinch feels he has provided the Town is the lack of policing for Drug Traffickers.  You can buy anything on the streets and in fact some of these items are delivered to the Grinch’s home.  He has many parties whether with his loyal officials and friends or with juveniles.  And he helps our Town Manager keep supplied.  The Grinch feels that if all the youth stay on drugs they will not be a problem; they will either remain mellow or they will be near death and it did not matter to him.  After all, he didn’t hold a gun to their heads and make them take drugs!

In fact, May Day has become a juvenile fiasco. There are many swearing, cussing, smoking pot, taking drugs and stealing from the stores.  But does the Grinch feel it important to post one of his police officers at the Dollar General Store to stop thefts.  No, instead the Police Chief and Vice Mayor were talking and laughing it up in a field near the Brown house.  And that is the way the Grinch likes it.  After all if these youth become felons, they cannot vote for him or his friends in the future, so they do not have a lot of value to him and his friends..

The Grinch has been one lucky guy and has been protected by his family’s name; but of late, things are not just going his way, especially since Ph.D Miller is back.  Now he seems concerned about the Ethics Commission is going to do.   He felt he could get around Rev. Griffin but Mrs. Griffin took after the Grinch instead of the Rev.   He has an attorney friend in Lake City who has always cleared him of complaints, since he is on the Ethics Board…but today the Grinch is not certain that will happen because the Rev. Griffin knows about it and called one of the staff members inquiring about it.  Oh, Woe is the Grinch.

Now we the people are realizing what the Grinch has been doing to us.  Some of us are fighting the good fight with Ph.D Miller, Rev. and Mrs. Griffin, Anita Rivers and Nicole Brown and others have joined us. But some are fearful because they are threatened and bribed by the Grinch and his friends.  We pray that a new dawn will come to White Springs and that the Sunshine will eliminate the darkness of Grinch, his friends, and his two incompetent councilors, one of which is a mayor,  Then our Town again will be ours like it used to be.

Take care Citizens of White Springs and keep us apprised of what is happening out there.  Our blog does not require your actual e-mail or your name; just write us a comment about how you feel.  There are many like you out there who want a better White Springs.

Karin for the blog.

RHATT WATCH – DAY 38

The RHATT Watch

Day 38

Today is Saturday, June 2nd, Day 38 of the Rhatt Watch.  Did you notice that the Town of White Springs was given a clean audit by the Town’s Auditor, Ken Daniels?  What a joke!  You might remember a few years back, Tropical Storm Debbie visited White Springs.  It wasn’t the worst storm White Springs had seen, but it did do its share of damage.  Part of this damage, included washing out a few roads where streams or at least intermittent streams wen through culverts under streets.  One of the streets that received considerable damage was Jewett Street.  Under an interlocal agreement between White Springs and Hamilton County, the Town asked the County to advance the funds for the repairs which ultimately would be repaid by FEMA.  The repairs were completed by a contractor and paid for by the County.  When Daniels performed an audit for the County, he completely missed the obligation by White Springs, for an amount exceeding $90,000.  Guess it wasn’t much of an audit. 

Fast forward in the White Springs clean audit.  Why is there an expectation that Daniels would do any better in White Springs than Hamilton County?  There shouldn’t be and justifiably so.  Apparently Daniels doesn’t know how to check whether an expense is approved by the Council or not.  Apparently he is incapable of determining whether services were rendered for payments made.  Normally these are covered with straightforward audit procedures.  However, the Ratt and the druggie Lapdog have been expending Town of White Springs Funds, not approved by the Town Council, for personal benefits, an ethics violation, a violation of Town Charter and Florida Statute.  How could Daniels miss this?  And the Ratt and the druggie Lapdog have been instructing “Cousin” Pam to make payments to individuals where services were not rendered.   Again Daniels missed these violations of the Town Charter and Florida Statutes.   Let me understand this, Daniels, missed $90+K, the County was owed.; he missed a ton of transactions that had not been authorized by the Town Council and he missed every transaction where Cousin Pam paid for services which were never rendered.  Yeh!  Anybody can make errors like these.  What’s missing a $100K, here or there  Come on! This is the beginning to sound the Nepotism Authority!  A quick check with Ancestry.com and “WaLa”, the Ratt and Daniels must be “Cousins”!  Who cares about competence when you can keep it in the family? As the Ratt would say, “Us Cousins gotta stick together”.

Hamilton County and White Springs are you hiring an auditor to independently ensure the integrity of the monies of the tax payers covered by your jurisdictions, or to cover up misdeeds by someone?  It should be the former.  Right now, the outside auditing function appears to have a problem.  Either it lacks independence or competence or both.  Something smells fishy!  Independent audits by highly qualified competent individuals are not rocket science.  But you need to hire an organization with competent people, not keep it in the family because someone’s a “Cousin”.  

When will officials in Hamilton County and White Springs stop treating the residents and taxpayers like they are stupid.  This is the 21st century, not the dark ages.  Everyone can see what’s going on and most can understand it.  When are you going to clean house and get rid of firms unable to provide competent, high quality services?  And for those individuals whose misdeeds are being covered up, Sheriff, Chief, when are you going to investigate and put your cuffs to some good use?  And for those of you who have been part of the illicit activities at Town Hall.  If you have been involved, any activities like pedophilia, nepiophilia, ephebophilia, drugs, bribes, fraud and other corruption that the Ratt understands, I’d be very concerned.  You know somebody’s feeding the Feds.  It could be the Ratt.  If you don’t want to spend the next decade or longer in prison, try the FBI office in Jacksonville (904)248-7000.  Like the Lapdog, you need to talk to the FBI asap.

 

 Clean up the Town.  It’s Day 38 and Red-face Ratt hasn’t resigned yet.  The Rhatt watch continues!

Red-face Rhatt

CORRUPTION MOVES NORTH….

YESTERDAY ON THIS BLOG I GAVE MY READERS A COPY OF AN EMAIL 119 REQUEST I SENT TO MS. HUTTO.

In that email I asked for any and all paperwork and proof sources the Supervisor of Elections office had that would prove that Spencer Lofty actually filled his exemption form out on 5-4-2018 instead of what the affidavit says which is 4-4-2018. It is now pushing 4:30 and still no response from Ms. Hutto. Can it possibly be that there is no proof and that the affidavit is accurate as written. Of course that would mean Ms. Hutto’s email to me stating the discrepancy was  her fault and not the fault of Lofty was a lie, which I believe. She better start listening in church to her husband. No proof, it didn’t happen and the printed affidavit is deemed to be the truth. Lofty claims he was Mayor before the election and before the appointment at the organizational meeting. This would prove that the town election was rigged and that Lofty and Rhett both knew it. Corruption in White Springs has reached the Supervisor of Elections office, surprise, surprise surprise.

THE RHATT WATCH DAY 37

The RHATT Watch Day 37

The RHATT Watch

Day 37

 

Today is Friday, June 1st, Day 37 of the Rhatt Watch.  Welcome to White Springs; Florida’s dirty little secret. White Springs is quite possibly, Home of the Most Ratt Infested Administration in the history of the State of Florida.

In the Middle Ages, a bacterium, called the  Yersinia pestis, was the cause of the bubonic plague.  It destroyed between thirty and sixty persons of the European population and similar numbers along major trade routes of the time.  The  Yersinia pestis bacterium was spread by Rats and associated with unsanitary conditions.  Today we have an unsanitary condition in White Springs, and a devastating infection again spread by another Ratt.  While we know considerably more today about sanitary conditions for health related issues, apparently we have learned little about sanitary conditions associated with municipal administrations.  All it takes is one Ratt, and Ratt related empowerment and a Ratt infestation takes over.  It appears the Ratt empowered his obedient Lapdog to undertake a host of activities that had not been approved by the Town Council.  The Lapdog is very much like the  Yersinia pestis bacterium of the Middle Ages.  Like a Rat with  Yersinia pestis, White Springs’ Ratt with his Lapdog in “One of the Sunshine” very unsanitary conditions has propagated a nightmarish Town Administration plague that has destroyed the population.  The Lapdog destroyed Town resources for the benefit of herself and several others in violation of the Town Charter and the Florida Statutes.

 

Now, the Ratt being an attorney, although an attorney with an extremely low Martiinsdale’ rating by his business colleagues, he knows just enough to minimize his fingerprints on as much of the illicit activities as possible.  However, if you know where to look, his fingerprints exist.  And of course, it was the Lapdog, who instructed the staff, including Cousin Pam, to undertake the illicit activities like payments for services which were not rendered.  When the Feds finally return to White Springs to begin eradicating the nightmarish Town Administration plague, who do you think they will focus on first; the Ratt or the Lapdog?  Like stopping the  Yersinia pestis the Lapdog is probably first.  If the Lapdog has even the tiniest smarts, she’s probably preparing for that day.  We know the Lapdog has been living in her office with the doors closed and locked and most of the time with the lights out.  Is the Lapdog secretly making copies of incriminating documents?  Is the Lapdog secretly recording conversations where nefarious activities are discussed?  Both probably would be smart things to do.  Has the Lapdog retained an attorney, and this would be an attorney with a high Martinsdale rating?  If the Lapdog has an attorney, has she negotiated a deal and been interviewed by the Feds yet?  If the Lapdog is sitting and waiting for her master, it’s going to be a long hard incarceration; say thirty-five years like the Ratt.  

White Springs needs some fresh Sunshine; it’s a great disinfectant.  White Springs needs to eliminate the “Out of the Sunshine” unsanitary activities the Ratt is so fond of.  Right now, the Ratt is toxic; some, lime Michael Avemotti, would say very toxic.  He’s probably going to be indicted.  And when he is, the Ratt’s going to roll on anyone he can to reduce his liability.  If you have been participating in illicit activities at Town Hall or if you are one of the Ratt’s “cousins” or cronies and had anything to do with pedophilia, nepiophilia, ephebophilia, drugs, bribes and corruption with the Red-face Ratt, you should be extremely concerned.  If you want out, you probably don’t know who to trust (still lots of hidden “cousins” out there) Try the FBI office in Jacksonville (904) 248-7000.  If you don’t want to spend the next decade or longer in prison like the Lapdog, you need to talk to the FBI asap.  Remember, the Ratt is probably gathering evidence on anybody and everybody to use in negotiations with the Feds.

 

Move ‘em Out!  It’s Day 37 and Red-face Ratt hasn’t resigned yet.  The Rhatt Watch continues.