Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Dumpster Dive yields Quartzsite information jackpot!
Well, the documents retrieved from the bins behind Quartzsite Town Hall are being organized and turned over to Mayor Foster and the Citizen's Coalition. Eventually they may be turned over to the Attorney General's Office as evidence.
"Dumpster diving" in Quartzsite has yielded some fascinating finds. Never mind the "open records requests" that Town mismanager Alexandra Taft will likely make sure never ever get filled. The stuff she's throwing out is waaay more confidential!
Everyone's names, addresses, account numbers and balances for Town utilities, "objectives" for grant proposals, contracts with engineering firms that actually include payment information, resident's building permits, volunteer applications and other documents with personal and private information are not being shredded! And since several citizens have witnesses documents being removed from Town Hall since Foster's victory was confirmed, it's a sure bet that a lot more than Elvis has left the building..
But most fascinating of all is the fact that these documents were rescued when Town Clerk Karen Norris was out of Town for "training" and her signature is on many of the recovered documents. You see, official documents are considered a permanent record and belong to the State, not the Town. Documents are not allowed to be thrown away or destroyed without Norris' approval. Not surprisingly, one of the documents found in the trash was the Town's ethics guide for the Council members.