Attorney and Future Judge attended the Oct 13th meeting in lieu of our Town Attorney

Sara Jane Carter represented her firm in lieu of Meagan Logan, esq. at the Tuesday October 13th regularly scheduled Council Meeting in White Springs. She has recently been nominated to be the Judge for Columbia County.

Sara Jane Carter is a relentless advocate and litigator. She is a fifth-generation North Floridian. She gained considerable experience working for nation- and state-wide law firms. Her vast experience includes representing corporations and insurance companies in complex civil litigation matters in the areas of personal injury, premises liability, nursing home defense, and real estate litigation. She employs this experience to help injured people receive adequate compensation and be made whole.

Ms. Carter devotes a significant amount of her practice to helping clients through a divorce and other family law matters including child support, paternity and time-sharing issues.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Carter is co-owner and manager of a fifth-generation, family-owned timber farm.

Ms. Carter is a volunteer and former board member for Guardian Ad Litem, helping give a voice to children in the legal system. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

She stated that Attorney Logan is attempting to get the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) form which is acceptable and a letter to the Florida League of Cities so that The Medical Bills for Fire Lieutenant Tom Brazil may be reconsidered as well as Medical Records stipulating Tom Brazil is medically fit to be a Firefighter. Mr. Brazil is willing to provide any and all information including a physical examination.

Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending Lacrecia Barber of First Federal received Mr. Tommie Jerome Jones letter of resignation but the bank is holding off on any offer of a line of credit since Mr. Jones signed the Town of White Springs applications and other forms. (Mr. Jones as a third party contractor not representing White Springs but rather Countyline Design should never have been allowed to handle Town Business by signing contracts and checks or handling the finances of White Springs – Karin) With Helen Miller’s resignation, this leaves a perplexing problem for Curt’s Construction who have not been paid as well as the three council people who have a quorum.

There is no one to sign checks who is on the council since both Helen Miller and Tom Moore have resigned). These three remaining council members shall then have to nominate end elect by majority vote a Mayor among its remaining members as well as a Vice Mayor. The three, especially Nicole Williams and Anita Rivers have no idea of the Laws of the State and even if they have read parts of the charter, they cannot seem to comprehend what they have read so it will definitely be a problem for them and as for us, we welcome the State of Florida to take us over. What we have here is a Black Lives Matter Takeover in my opinion with Nicole Williams having the biggest voice. Don’t expect Helen Miller to bail you two (Nicole and Anita) out as she has in the past. After Miller’s resignation she no longer has the weight of fixing everyone’s problems and fighting for the people any longer. What you three do it is up to you. And although Jacqueline Williams has a wealth of experience in her profession, the three of you are ignorant to everything relating to the law, but like Dennis Price stated “Good Luck”.

The Personnel and Procedures Manual has been approved 5-0 although it is obvious Rivers, and the two Williams may not have even read the changes which were on the blog in simple sight for them to understand if they are even a little bit capable.

The Department of Transportation Mill Street Project Resolution is ready to be read. The Florida Department of Transportation provides the funds. This will assist with the repairs and Drainage and FDOT added $50,840 in grants to have it completed. Tom Moore made the motion and Jacqueline Williams seconded the motion with a 5-0.

Resolution 20-18 was read regarding the Mill Street Project funds by FDOT and Contractor Art Walker. The resolution was adopted by a motion by Tom Moore and seconded by Jacqueline Williams.

Karin for the blog

PEOPLE HAVE INQUIRED WHY SARA JANE CARTER WAS AT THE MEETING. IF OUR TOWN ATTORNEY CANNOT ATTEND, BY CONTRACT, SHE WILL BRING IN A SUBSTITUTE ATTORNEY AND SARA JANE CARTER IS NOT ONLY ONE OF THE OWNERS OF THE LAW FIRM IN WHICH MEAGAN LOGAN WORKS BUT ALSO BY THE FIRMS CONTRACT SHE SUBSTITUTED. I GAVE HER INFORMATION BECAUSE I AM HAPPY FOR HER THAT SHE HAS ACHIEVED SO MUCH AND FELT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHO WAS AT OUR MEETING.

5 Replies to “Attorney and Future Judge attended the Oct 13th meeting in lieu of our Town Attorney

  1. The reporting software the county is using the someone the fire department was assigned by the county. Is the NFIRS form that is used by the department for their monthly reports. Negating the need too feel out the paper form , this was explained by the emergency manager why the county went too it. A monthly report is received by NFIRS , The county and NFPA every month when these files are exported by the department. So why is the county asking for the same form to be refilled now , when all they have to do is print them. Why now after a year has almost passed is this being said. Because this is yet another ploy too not pay WSFR?

    1. Since Sara Jane Carter indicated this is something the Florida League of City is requiring, it must be due to Workers Compensation rather than payments from the County. As I mentioned after Tom Brazil was hurt that a First Report of Injury should be sent, I was told it wasn’t handled. It looked like the incident was reported to the NFIRS which is required, but the Insurance Company FMIT required the First Report of Injury also, which is reported to the State as well.. I believe this is the problem because perhaps the Workers Comp claim for medical has not been paid. Karin Griffin

  2. Curtis Construction and DOT should walk away from this. I know if I owned a company and could not get paid, I certainly would. Now the line of credit is on hold with the bank. Who is going to pay the bills and handle payroll for the town I guess the accountant. Watching the Towntanic head for the bottom. Well when it hits bottom the State can take over.

    1. If I were Curt’s construction, I would file a MECHANICS LIEN IMMEDIATELY to protect their interests prior to any bankruptcy or other creditors being involved. Karin for the blog.

  3. A first report injury was filed on Mr.Brazil , after it was explained in small words to the interim town manager. He then with held doing so for over 96 hrs as you know is illegal to do so. It was reported by Chief Pittman on the NFIRS report because there is a section for injuries of fire personnel required by state law. It was never meant for NFIRS to pay for it. That is not what that form is for or company about.
    What really happened is the interim manager bungled the handling of the case. And failed to do his job and send the information needed by FMIT for workers comp. Then instead of fighting for Mr.Brazil he shrugged it off , there was a very candid conversation between him and the chief about it.
    His lack of understanding of things caused it to be escalated too the town lawyer for handling of the situation. As he was not going to allow the town to pay it , sighting that the whole charter would need to be redone etc etc.
    Truth is he didn’t believe the firefighters were covered by workman’s comp because they are volunteers and there for not held to the same standards of coverage as full or part time town a employee. Once again he failed to understand the law and how it functioned in this matter.

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