Someone Noticed has mentioned a few times that we’re waiting on a town response to a couple of Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) requests. We’re still waiting though one milestone or date mentioned in the MPIA manual has past. As these days continue creeping slowly by and we wait anxiously to put some sunshine on more documents, we’ve started emailing and checking in with the town since we were told we’d have some response from the Mayor by Sept. 15.
The report we received is that the Mayor can’t find (or no longer has) his emails, reports, and papers on this critical query. This is an important transaction so if we were trying to guide the town through a logical decisions making process for the taxpayers, we’d make sure we had critical papers and reports with us. Perhaps that methodology would reduce the conflicting statements about what has or hasn’t been done at town meetings, if they had the documents as references for the entire board.
This material will help us untangle the web the town has weaved as we try try to straighten out the conflicting statements about what has been done thus far. Someone Noticed believes this is simply a matter of confusion about what was said or done, but someone still needs to untangle the facts.
Thus we’ve suggested other ways the mayor might find his lost documents since he no longer has them. We were never aware of the importance of this document trail until we listened carefully to statements the commissioners made at meetings. These papers will help clarify what happened and might even help the commissioners untangle what was said or done in order to make data-driven decisions.
Someone Noticed listens carefully.