I have had Eve Alone working on getting this policy and the public records available that led to the making of it. Due to this policy, I was served a Letter of Trespass for the City Hall/Police Department which disallows me from stepping foot on that property without any reason other than some unknown City worker feeling threatened and intimidated by me. About a month after that, I am still in the dark about the whys, but the document also says I would be arrested and charged with a misdemeanor if I do so, and is available on the "XLFD: Banned from City Hall" thread.
Although Eve got nowhere with her request, being charged (in a manner against the City of Ludington's own FOIA policy) nearly $40 to be able to view the records. I was able to weasel a copy of just the policy as it was submitted to the City Council from an unexpected ally. I would think the City Manager and Attorney would be proud of their creation, being that they devised this policy to nullify my ability to inspect public records at the City Hall, but apparently they would rather keep the details of this policy a secret among certain City Employees. I swear I have done nothing threatening other than reveal some questionable practices by local politicos on this watchblog, but please comment on this policy if you would, and whether it has a place in a free society when it could be misused so easily.
Thanks for the hints, I may follow any or all of them. Spring breaks and stinky weather will sideline me for the most part from this forum up through the end of next week. I was a bit distressed to find no recourse for someone who could arbitrarily be given a LOT provided in the LOT, and the only person I can appeal to is a non-governmental independent contractor from Manistee (Ludington's City Attorney Richard Wilson), who penned this document. How self-serving can you get?
My letter to the IRS about his employment status being incorrect probably doesn't give me much pull with him in the future, LOL.
More good points, RJE. If Ms. Venzke and/or Mr. Tykoski were the "intimidated" parties, as one might assess through their own LOT of their house (where I haven't been), I have never seen the former in person at LCH or elsewhere, and have not seen the latter since my LFD days. I have not corresponded directly with any of them, with the exception of 'CC'ing an FOIA request to Ms. Venzke (sent to FOIAC Shay) that had requested DDA public records. No indirect contact or threats either.
Though these LOT's are issued to certain people each year for causing problems at various residences and businesses, how many others have you seen in the paper, with FOIA requests and 3-year old bicycle traffic infractions to back it up, LOL.
Innocent until proven guilty only works for you if you work for the government around here. And even then...
The way I see it there are 2 scenarios that could be taking place. First. If Shay is acting on his own and the Mayor and Councillors are not keeping up with what he is doing then shame on them for being negligent in performing one of thier major duties, oversight. They must receive a failing grade for not monitoring an unelected officials dealings and responses to the public. Secondly. If the Councillors and Mayor are aware of what he is doing then Ludingtons citizens are in real trouble because Shay is operating with full knowledge of the Council and Mayor in such a way as to deny citizens rights of access to information, due process in implementing policies and procedures, failing to communicate and disseminate public information and shamelessly ignoring the Consitutional rights of every citizen of Ludington. Finally, where the hell is the public and LDN regarding these matters? What Shay is doing is not a silly or minor unintentional infringement of citizens rights but a grossely and purposely thought out plan to stifle the publics basic freedoms which all the people of Ludington should be fighting to preserve