Here’s a brief post to describe a public records request that I submitted to the City of Whitewater and Whitewater Community Development Authority on 6.26.18. The request – in summary – comprised three items:
1. Any audio or video recording of the 6.19.18 Common Council session, including a recording of only part of the full session.
2. Records created after 5.15.18 concerning grocery store recruitment
under the control of the Community Development Authority or City of
Whitewater, including – but not limited to – any Community Development Authority presentation on grocery store recruitment prepared or delivered after 5.15.18.
3. Records concerning stated technical difficulties in the broadcast
or rebroadcast of the 6.19.18 Common Council session, including – but
not limited to – descriptions and explanations of those stated
technical difficulties, and any remedial plan regarding those stated
The city has already sent a partial reply, and understandably collection of the other items will take more time.
When the city’s entire reply comes in, I will post the full public records request and that entire reply.
It seems better to mention this now, as longtime readers know that I believe there’s good reason for a town blogger to avoid undisclosed communications with public institutions.
(I’ve had occasional messages from officials and replied to them, and have sent a brief email question perhaps once or twice a year, but it serves no good purpose for there to be more.)
There are too many people in this small and beautiful city who seek – and falsely believe they merit – special and private consideration from public institutions. One needn’t – and shouldn’t – imitate the bad practices of a few city residents who presumptuously think themselves entitled.
There are only residents, each no higher or lower than any other. Our provisions of open government, and the long political tradition that cradles them, are available equally to all.
I’ll post more when everything’s in.