On December 22nd, Casey Grove submitted a RTK request for the following:
- Board of Supervisor meeting minutes (not joint meetings) from January 2011, February 2011, and March 2016.
- Old Gregg School Advisory Board meeting minutes – all, since inception.
- P&L statements for township (not Old Gregg School) from year 2000-current.
Here is that request:
On December 27th, he received the following response, indicating the need for a 30 day extension for the OGS meeting minutes:
RTK Response 2016-12-27
He received General Fund P&L Reports by email that she referenced in Jen’s response.
To date, the website has not been updated with the missing minutes as Jen claimed in her response.
On December 29th, he received the following:
RTK Response 2016-12-29
He also received several emails with an invitation to Google Drive files of Old Gregg School minutes, with universal editing privileges. He emailed Jen to let her know this, and the files were corrected to allow “view only” privileges. Unfortunately, they cannot be printed or downloaded now, even by the township as we’ve come to learn.
He was also sent these two Word files in another email:
11November OGS Advisory Board Minutes
12December OGS Advisory Board Minutes – notice this: “Officers for 2016: A secretary is needed for the upcoming year.”
He was also sent this PDF in another email:
OGS Feb 2016 Minutes
He emailed Jen again on January 3rd, asking for the record. She responded on January 5th, “I am trying to figure out a way to correct the document but I am in the same situation as you. I will get to it as soon as I can.” Anyone who has used Google Drive knows that it is as easy as having the creator grant access and downloading the PDF.
Could the reason they can’t access the file either be that the owner of the file is not currently on the Advisory Board? That would mean years of meeting records are out of the possession of the township. Say it ain’t so!
Since he couldn’t download the master file, print it, or even copy/paste it into a new file, he finally filed an appeal and submitted the following document.
On January 16th, he received the following from the new solicitor, who apparently did not read the second page of Casey’s appeal where he states the missing BOS meeting minutes have not been added to the website.
On January 16th, Casey added the following:
UPDATE: Here’s something funny. According to the Solicitor, “The township is unaware of any of any additional meeting minutes for the Advisory board.” Well then explain this shit! I check the Gregg Township website regularly and a new page just appeared. The last time I checked (December 27th), the following page did not exist.
The Old Gregg School tab only provided a link to the OGS website. This is confirmed by the last index from the Wayback Machine on October 15th:
This is also confirmed by Google’s cache from January 2nd:
Here is Jen’s Attestation form, signed TODAY, stating that she has “no knowledge of the existence of such additional meeting minutes. She made the Attestation “subject to the penalties of 18 Pa CS § 4904 relating to unsworn falsification to authorities.” This is written on the last page, right above her signature.
FYI, here is what 18 Pa CS § 4904 says:
§ 4904. Unsworn falsification to authorities.
(a) In general.–A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if, with intent to mislead a public servant in performing his official function, he:
(1) makes any written false statement which he does not believe to be true;
(2) submits or invites reliance on any writing which he knows to be forged, altered or otherwise lacking in authenticity; or
(3) submits or invites reliance on any sample, specimen, map, boundary mark, or other object which he knows to be false.
(b) Statements “under penalty”.–A person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if he makes a written false statement which he does not believe to be true, on or pursuant to a form bearing notice, authorized by law, to the effect that false statements made therein are punishable.
(c) Perjury provisions applicable.–Section 4902(c) through (f) of this title (relating to perjury) applies to this section.
(d) Penalty.–In addition to any other penalty that may be imposed, a person convicted under this section shall be sentenced to pay a fine of at least $1,000.
(Nov. 29, 2006, P.L.1481, No.168, eff. 60 days)
Curiouser and curiouser…