It is amazing that the reporter for the Jasper News, Jessie Box, actually placed some truth in the meeting article, not sidestepping some of Rhett Bullard’s comments which were quite ironic. In any event, since our minutes of Council meetings don’t have much more information than the agendas, the Journal and anything we can provide through the Jasper News will provide far more information.
“WHITE SPRINGS — Along with two council seats, White Springs voters will decide next month on proposed changes to the charter.
The ballot questions were approved for the final time at the town’s March 12 meeting.
The proposed changes include council members having four-year terms instead of two, with elections every two years; seat designations for council members; loosening but not scraping the requirements that Robert’s Rules of Order be the procedural norm; giving authority to the council to create and establish boards and committees in compliance with general law and the Corporate Boundaries of the Town of White Springs be defined by the ordinance of annexation.
The election will be held Tuesday, April 23.
Shauna Adams-Farries, of the Hamilton County Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, asked the town council to create two new ordinances.
The first ordinance is a content neutral signage to reduce the number of signs allowed in a window of a business.
She wants to prevent children from using tobacco and most advertising is directed at the youth.
The second ordinance is to address the coupon sales of tobacco and alcohol such as buy one, get one free.
The town agreed to look into the ordinances.
Local Option Fuel Tax discussed
Councilwoman Helen Miller and Councilman Walter McKenzie voted against the accounts payable at the meeting.
Miller does not want to vote for it because she believes the town is not utilizing the local option fuel tax in an appropriate manner.” AND COUNCILOR MILLER IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT and ANYONE CAPABLE OF READING AND UNDERSTANDING THE STATUTES KNOWS SHE IS CORRECT. MILLER HAS BROUGHT THIS UP FOR OVER TWO YEARS, BUT RHETT BULLARD AND HIS GANG OF THUGS WILL NOT INVESTIGATE THE MATTER FURTHER, BUT WILL ONLY ADVISE THAT WE SHOULD LISTEN TO OUR TOWN ATTORNEY KAREN HATTEN AND THE CPA KEN DANIELS. YOU WOULD THINK CPAs AND ATTORNEYS COULD READ STATUTES OR ASK FOR AN OPINION THEMSELVES.
Miller and McKenzie asked for the opinion of the Attorney General. Councilman Rhett Bullard asked why it is problem now in how it is spent.
“The reason is because I am better educated about how to spend it,” Miller said. She said based on her research and other opinions from the Attorney General, the town is misusing the funds.
Bullard said Miller has never presented evidence to the council.” IT IS NOT THE DUTY OF MILLER TO PRESENT SUCH EVIDENCE SOLELY, although she continually has. INITIALLY AT THIS MEETING BULLARD STATED THE COUNCIL COULD SECURE AN OPINION, BUT TOOK THAT MOTION AWAY. WE KNOW BULLARD IS AWARE AFTER THIS HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP BY NOT ONLY WE THE GRIFFINS, BUT BY THE “WATCH” AND BY OTHER CITIZENS…BUT HE REFUSES TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND SOONER OR LATER, WHETHER HE IS RUNNING FOR OFFICE OR NOT, AS CURRENTLY, HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS MESS. JUST LOOK AT OUR STREETS AND ROADS. THE ONLY FIX UP WAS BY A CONTRACTOR FOR $6000 AND IT WAS TO FIX THE AREA IN FRONT OF THE RESIDENCE WHICH IS BEING LEASED BY OUR MAYOR, SPENCER LOFTON.
AND THIS IS THE REASON I STATED WALTER MCKENZIE WHO FINALLY FOUND HIS VOICE, WAS THE HERO OF THE EVENING MEETING:
“I think Councilwoman Miller has attempted to bring this to our attention,” McKenzie said. “Every single time, like she was interrupted now, she is met with an uncooperative attitude.
“I am aware of things I use to not be aware of also.”
McKenzie added that if an opinion from the Attorney General agreed with the way the town was using the funds, he would be willing to accept it.
Bullard made a motion to get the opinion if that will make them comfortable to approve accounts payable.” WHICH BULLARD WITHDREW NOT ONLY HIS MOTION BUT THE SECOND”
Miller seconded the motion.
“I am not tying to be confrontational, I honestly do have concerns about this,” McKenzie said. “I have honestly had constituents express concerns about this.“I am honestly looking for an authority that we can accept this authority and I think this will be the way to do it.”
Mayor Spencer Lofton asked McKenzie if he would name the constituents that were concerned, which McKenzie declined to do.
“Because it is probably not real,” Bullard said. “It’s always these people told me, or this happened. Nobody in this audience, who has been here this entire time, has called the Attorney General’s office.” “THIS IS VERY REAL AND IT IS AMAZING THAT EVERYONE ELSE IN OTHER MUNICIPALITIES, IN THE COUNTY AND THE CITIZENS OF WHITE SPRINGS ARE VERY AWARE THAT WHITE SPRINGS IS MISSPENDING THE MONEY BUT BULLARD DOESN’T REALIZE IT OR DOESN’T WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH. WE KNOW OF AT LEAST FIVE PEOPLE IF NOT MORE WHO HAVE CONTACTED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AND IT IS BEING WORKED ON BY THE STATE BUT IT TAKES TIME BECAUSE THERE HAS NOT BEEN A MUNICIPALITY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHO HAS MISUSED LOFT MONEY AND OF COURSE, WHITE SPRINGS HAS TO BE FIRST.
Bullard withdrew his motion to get the opinion from the Attorney General’s office.
Jessie R. Box is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government and police
LIKE I HAVE EXPRESSED PREVIOUSLY, IT’S AMAZING JESSIE BOX RELAYED SOME OF THE COMMENTS UNLESS SHE ALSO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THAT SHE PLACED HER BUDDY RHETT BULLARD IN A PRECARIOUS POSITION. I REALLY MISS FORMER REPORTER ALEXIS SPORE WHO REPORTED LIKE ALL GOOD REPORTERS BUT WAS REMOVED PROBABLY BECAUSE RHETT BULLARD DIDN’T LIKE THE PUBLICITY.
KARIN FOR THE BLOG