First of all, here is a law that each of you should place in the back of your mind, every time you find one of our corrupt officials doing something wrong that they ought NOT to do.
Legislature is found in Chapter 112 (Part III) of the Florida Statutes.
The Code is intended to ensure that public officials conduct themselves independently and impartially, not using their offices for private gain
I know that I mentioned to you previously that with Steve Stith, it is all about the money. The Town is currently trying to hide the fact with their charter review committee, not only is there an ordinance but it is now a part of the Charter that states:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF WHITE SPRINGS FLORIDA AMENDING THE CHARTER OF THE TOWN OF WHITE SPRINGS FLORIDA BY AMENDING SECTION 5.06 TO PROVIDE THAT THE TOWN OF WHITE SPRINGS FLORIDA HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROVIDING FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES WHETHER BY AND THROUGH A WHITE SPRINGS VOLUNTEER FIE DEPARTMENT OR BY AND THROUGH AN APPROPRIATE CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A THIRD PARTY FIRE AGENCY.
As you are aware, we received logs from the County relating to how our firefighters responded to fires and medical. It was zilch, nada, none. Although we will be requesting this information from Columbia County as well, from what we have heard, it will probably be zilch, nada, none. Yet Steve Stith came up with some interesting information as to how many times our fire department responded which should be in the Councilors packets.
These responses Stith provided were for emergency EMT and ambulatory assistance, except for the kitchen/oven fire at First Baptist Church where Steve Stith could just walk to since he is a neighbor to the Church.
Now isn’t it amazing. Stacy hires Steve Stith because she doesn’t like Kevin Pittman because Kevin Pittman was too well liked and had a brotherhood sticking up for him and against little Andrew and his wife. Steve makes some accusations about how poorly organized the department was and how he is the savior of our Town.
Then he brings in an ambulance driver from Hamilton County to assure that there will be someone at the White Springs Fire Department on weekends…..but that ended and I feel it was just a smoke screen for Century Ambulance to take over from Lake City.
Let’s face it, Steve Stith is the Director of Century and it probably was his plan to make the Lake City office productive which meant more money for him, by servicing White Springs Solely.
Yet here is the deal, he is a Public Paid Employee, who uses his position as Fire Chief to secure benefit for his own business, Century. If that isn’t an ethics complaint, I don’t know what else it could be.
That is something that I will be working on because I am sick of the Cronyism that is transpiring in White Springs among the councilors, their friends and others who they protect that should not be protected.
Somewhere, somehow, someone higher up will finally listen to us. But currently it will not be our State’s Attorney Mr. Siegmeister because every time Rhett has a problem he calls him for help. And that is Cronyism. When re-election comes Mr. Siegmeister may have a problem if a good Democratic Attorney is voted in. That is one time I will vote for the person and not my party. And this is only because Mr. Siegmeister is blinded by the good ole boy network and in my opinion will not assist the people but only the good ole boys like Rhett Bullard.
This was in the January 19th Jasper News. Even Siegmeister can say that things aren’t fair and that this is all he could do. If one of us did that, we would probably be enjoined and told we would be arrested if we did not come up with the money.
County may evict state attorney
Rental price for new building in dispute
County Administrator Randy Harris informed the board that the state attorney’s office had not been paying the amount the board set last year in order to recoup their cost on the building for the past four months.
Harris said instead the county was receiving around $3,000 less per month than the set rental price of $19,138. Harris said the state attorney’s office has been paying $16,055.
Chairman Ricky Gamble said the amount the state attorney’s office has been paying is based on square footage at a rate deemed comparable to commercial rates.“It’s just an arbitrary number picked out of thin air,” Gamble said.
Siegmeister, though, said Wednesday on his way back from Tallahassee that the amount he is paying the county is all he’s legally able to collect from the other counties in the Third Judicial Circuit — Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison and Taylor counties. He said he can’t legally collect the 10 percent escrow amount that Suwannee County requested for future maintenance on the building.
“I can’t bill the other counties for Suwannee County to have money just in case,” he said, adding he didn’t feel the issue was presented fairly. “It’s not that I wouldn’t, it’s that I can’t.” stated Siegmeister.
According to Gamble and county attorney Jimmy Prevatt, Siegmeister never signed the memorandum of understanding that set the amount due to the county. However, they said the amount that the Suwannee board set had been sent along to those other counties that utilize the state attorney’s office. All of those counties approved that money during their budgeting process.
As a so-called “disgruntled” former Assistant State Attorney under the previous State Attorney, as well as the current State Attorney Jeffrey Seigmeister, I am free, and without any affiliation or loyalty, to my so-called former colleague and “friend.” Yet, I am objective, honest, and truthful. Thus, regarding any accusations against Mr. Seigmeister, who unwittingly destroyed my life, I sincerely believe he is honest and decent. State Attorney Seigmiester would not knowingly prosecute anyone who was innocent, and would offer that person an opportunity to resume their life. (I, KARIN GRIFFIN DO NOT BELIEVE THIS FOR A MOMENT CONSIDERING WHAT WAS DONE WITH JOE AND I WITHOUT AN INVESTIGATION)
Anyway any factual information or data which might be provided to me so that I may include everything within my ethics complaint against Steve Stith’s and or Stacy Tebo’s actions will be greatly appreciated. I am tired of people who continually lie to us and who use their positions for their personal benefit.
Karin for the blog