(ALSO SENT TO VANESSA GEORGE AND ANITA RIVERS, MAYOR)
MS. GEORGE HAS NOT CONTACTED THE FMIT WORKERS COMPENSATION ADJUSTER NOR HAS THE TOWN PAID FOR TOM BRAZIL’S WORKERS COMPENSATION INJURIES.
I remember when Tom Brazil was injured in the Dye Fire. I told the former manager he needed to complete a First Report of Injury and send it to the Florida Municipal Insurance Trust. I basically was told by Mr. Brazil Sr. that it was sent to some National Fire organization and basically I was dismissed. I knew they would not pay for the injuries but it probably was sent as a matter of fire reporting.
Then Attorney Meagan Logan got involved and from what I can recall, the adjuster indicated Tom Brazil did not have the appropriate Medical information. Nothing happened and Attorney Logan never reported on it.
Some how the First Report of Injury finally must have been received by FMIT BECAUSE IT IS REQUIRED within 30 days. One may lose some or all of their benefits if your employer, the Town, is not notified within these deadlines. So I cannot attest to what transpired except with all my years of experience, I have never seen where a claim was not paid so something went terribly wrong.
The billings are current ruining Tom Brazil’s credit rating and Ms. George nor any of the Staff or Council members have done anything to resolve this problem. Vanessa George needs to pull out the paperwork with the claims history and contact the FMIT adjuster and get this resolved. It is the employers responsibility and if FMIT still wishes to not do so, Ms. George can contact the The Florida Department of Financial Services to report the problem and have the State assist with FMIT’s ADJUSTER MS. GEORGE, LIEUTENANT BRAZIL HAS DONE MUCH FOR THIS TOWN AND HE WAS HURT ON THE JOB, WHETHER A VOLUNTEER OR AN EMPLOYEE, THE TOWN IS RESPONSIBLE AND YOU JUST LET THIS DROP. YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING. IT IS YOUR JOB.
WORKERS COMPENSATION IS TO PROVIDE AN EMPLOYEE/VOLUNTEER WITH AUTOMATICALLY ENTITLED BENEFITS FOR AN INJURY WHICH ARISES OUT OF THE COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT. IF FOR SOME REASON TOMMIE JONES DID SOMETHING WHICH CAUSED THIS CLAIM TO NOT BE PAID, IT IS UP TO YOU MS. GEORGE TO PAY THE CLAIMS THROUGH THE TOWN COFFERS AND IF AND WHEN THAT IS DONE, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE CREDIT BUREAUS SINCE MR. BRAZIL’S SOCIAL IS ON THE FIRST REPORTS OF INJURY AND REPORT THAT THESE BILLS WERE NOT THE FAULT OF TOM BRAZIL. THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE POST HASTE.
MS. GEORGE DID NOT FIGHT FOR THE MONEY OWED THE FIRE DEPARTMENT OF $2,500 PER QUARTER NOR HAVE THE ATTORNEY WRITE A LETTER.
What Ms George did was to suspend the fire department until they met the necessary compliance. But let’s face it Hamilton County’s Henry Land the Safety Manager could have contacted Chief Pittman immediately when realizing compliance had not been met. The Town and the Town Manager gets the contracts and we had a very poor manager for a year that accomplished nothing.
But let’s look at Ms. George. She suspended the department but I bet she never looked at the contract nor did she ask our Attorney to look at the contract. She was too busy worrying about herself.
The Contract between Hamilton County and the White Springs Fire Rescue was to provide the $2,500 per quarter as well as prorating an amount up to a total $7,500 per quarter for the WSFR providing its services.
What is interesting is that the agreement with Hamilton County did not use the word “SHALL” BUT RATHER THE WORD “COULD” i.e. Failure to comply with terms of this agreement could result in non-payment for quarter(s) found deficient. This means that in my opinion it is the county which decided they would not pay WSFR for any of their services when the word “could” may be discretionary.
So Why didn’t Ms. George fight for the $2,500 which was to be paid whether or not any fires had been fought. Yet our WSFR went to every call and their reward was that our Manager, nor our Attorney would demand the $2,500 per quarter that should have been paid> After all, Jennings had the same contract and I bet they received the $2,500 per quarter and didn’t have the fire department White Springs has. Vanessa George and our Mayor needed to contact Hamilton County and advise them they were not fair and that White Springs should have received all the quarterly payments of $2,500.
Our Fire Chief took blame, it was not exactly his, because our former Town Manager would not allow anyone to do anything in which he felt was his job as Manager and probably never gave Chief Pittman a copy of the agreement..
IF YOU CANNOT READ THE CONTRACT MS. GEORGE, I SUGGEST YOU CONTACT THE TOWN ATTORNEY AND APPRISE HIM OF THE PROBLEM AND HE THEN CAN WRITE A LETTER TO HAMILTON COUNTY TO GET BACK THE QUARTERLY PAY. HAMILTON COUNTY DID NOT CONTACT WSFR TO ANYONE’S KNOWLEDGE AND THEY SHOULD AT LEAST COMPLY WITH THE QUARTERLY PAYMENTS ESPECIALLY SINCE THE CONTRACT IN ITSELF WOULD ALLOW THE COUNTY TO DO SO.