JAMES MADISON QUOTE - 1822

"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Scottsboro, Alabama - February 17, 2020 - Scottsboro City Council Work Session - Fire Boats Discussed and Inspection and Enforcement Authority of County Boat Docks at County Park

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

Agenda Item 1 - Fire Boats discussed by Chief Gene Necklaus (video of discussion begins at 20 seconds and continues to 15 min. 43 sec., see video below) ; 2 boats needed costing approximately $113,000, placing one of the boats at the Goosepond Marina area and one at the County Park Marina area. After meeting discussions with knowledgeable Council Members indicated that at least 2 County Commissioners, Chair Tim Guffey and Commissioner Jason Venable, indicated they would fund one fire boat. The county commission has not brought this item up for discussion or a vote. Previously the commissioners had indicated they were in the red financially and this year's fiscal budget is not balanced. Where will the county get the approximately $56,500.00 for one fire boat? 

Responsible entities for fire and safety inspections of the County Park Marina was also discussed. It was stated that since the county is a separate political entity, the State Fire Marshall has authority regarding inspections and enforcement at the county park. Chief Necklaus did indicate there were 2 inspections of the county docks requested. A records request revealed the Scottsboro Fire Department inspected in June 2012, no violations found; June 2016 3 violations were found, charcoal grill on B Dock, gasoline container on A Dock and another violation on A Dock, solvent, "Thinner." 

AGENDA

VIDEO

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Scottsboro, Alabama - February 10, 2020 - Scottsboro City Council Regular Session

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

AGENDA

VIDEO

Scottsboro, Alabama - February 10, 2020 - Jackson County Commission Regular Session - County Road 17 Repair Secrets - More on the Secret Road Repair, Behind the Cardboard

Jackson County Courthouse, north side, Photo by G. Morgan

AGENDA

Public roads are not Intellectual Property, nor is there an expectation to protect  intellectual property when there is a disclosure or required disclosure at a public meeting. Link from University of Pittsburgh regarding Intellectual Property Rights:   https://www.innovation.pitt.edu/resources/intellectual-property-overview/intellectual-property/ 

More on the hiding of CR 17 repairs and public disclosure in an open meeting.
Behind the Cardboard - Secret Road Repair


VIDEO of MEETING



Commission Facebook live recording:   https://www.facebook.com/JCCommissionAL/videos/656505908444147/?epa=SEARCH_BOX

Monday, February 3, 2020

Scottsboro, Alabama - February 3, 2020 - Scottsboro City Council Work Session - Municipal Court Report by Judge Daryl Eustace

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

Agenda Item 1 - Municipal Court Report by Judge Daryl Eustace begins at approximately 2:00 minutes and ends at 12:25 minutes in the video below. Considerable improvements discussed regarding the operations of the Scottsboro Municipal Court.

AGENDA

VIDEO

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Scottsboro. Alabama - January 27, 2020 - Scottsboro City Council - Work Session and Regular Session

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

AGENDA - WORK SESSION

AGENDA - REGULAR SESSION

VIDEO OF WORK SESSION AND REGULAR SESSION

Scottsboro, Alabama - January 27, 2020 - Jackson County Commission Regular Session - Claim of Intellectual Property Regarding Contractor Plans to Rebuild County Road 17 - UPDATES - January 28, 2020 - Jackson County Park Marina Dock Fire and Open Meetings Issue, Intimidation

Jackson County Courthouse, North Entrance, photo by G. Morgan

AGENDA

Commission Chair Tim Guffey opened with statement regarding the early morning fire at the Jackson County Park Marina which killed 8 and injured several. WHNT TV Link about the fire - https://whnt.com/2020/01/27/crews-respond-to-fire-at-jackson-county-park-in-scottsboro/

UPDATE - May God Bless the families of those now deceased in the tragic event early yesterday morning. Action must be accomplished to insure there are inspections of Marina's and Boat docks regarding this issue. WHNT TV report link https://whnt.com/2020/01/27/few-regulations-oversee-condition-of-boat-docks-in-alabama/

REGARDING FIRE PROTECTION AND INSPECTIONS OF MARINAS, SUCH AS THE JACKSON COUNTY PARK MARINA AND THE GOOSEPOND COLONY MARINA

Link to appropriate regulation and law. U.S. Coast Guard and the TVA are part of enforcement of this requirement.  "Guidelines for the Safe Operation and Maintenance of Marinas by the National Water Safety Congress."  Note Section 5 of the regulation; quote -  "5.11 Local fire department personnel should be invited to inspect the facility with special emphasis on access to different areas of the marina in order to fight a fire." A public records request was submitted to the City of Scottsboro Fire Department and Mayor regarding Marina Inspection Records. I inquired about this request at last nights City Council meeting, responsible officials reply was, there have been no inspections of the facility by the Scottsboro Fire Department. Further comment revealed that we have no authority to inspect. nor has there been a request to inspect as suggested by 5.11 in the listed appropriate regulation linked.   https://www.usace.army.mil/Portals/2/docs/civilworks/recreation/Water_Safety/tools/guidelines_safe_operation_maint_marinas.pdf?ver=2016-07-25-130937-857 

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OPEN MEETINGS ISSUE, INTIMIDATION ATTEMPT, WHEN ARE SECRETS, SECRET - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND PROPRIETARY INFORMATION DISPLAYED IN A PUBLIC MEETING - ATTEMPT TO STOP RECORDING INFORMATION PRESENTED VIA INTIMIDATION AND THREATS - SIMPLE SOLUTION NOT CONSIDERED BY EXTREMIST POLITICIAN, LAZINESS OR WHAT??

SITUATION REPORT ON THIS ISSUE - January 27, 2020 – Scottsboro, Alabama Jackson County Commission Meeting – Threat by Public Officials regarding recording of so called Intellectual Property displayed during a public meeting regarding repairing of County Road 17, agenda item 4 on the Commission Agenda (There is no indication on the agenda that the information discussed is proprietary or intellectual property). In the 15 years I have been attending, recording and videoing government meetings of municipal, county, state and federal government public meetings, this is the first time I have heard or seen such shenanigans as displayed by public officials of Jackson County Alabama. However, there have been several attempts to have secret meetings and a failure to post meetings as required by law by the Jackson County Commission over the years, including the current commission.

 Chair of the Commission Tim Guffey interrupts the presentation of the County Engineer in the attempt to stop my videoing of the "SECRET" plans (so called intellectual property) of the county and its contractor regarding the repair of County Road 17 and the expenditure of hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars. Guffey addresses me personally, which I reply, then I was called "out of order." 

At the break when the commissioners were going into Executive Session, Chair Guffey makes mention to the Chief Deputy to remove me if this occurs again. I asked the Chief Deputy during the break between the Executive Session and reconvening the meeting if he would have arrested me, he stated I was close to being arrested for disorderly conduct.

What should have been a simple matter of obeying the Open Meetings Law of the State of Alabama by public officials now becomes a threat and intimidation perpetrated by public officials to stop the recording of public information in the public venue of an open meeting under the auspices of "intellectual property," a bogus claim during a public meeting.

If the information referenced and displayed in the public meeting was intellectual property it could have been distributed by diagrams to each commissioner and discussed in the meeting. If members of the public or press wanted to request the information discussed a Public Records request could be submitted. For the Chair to act in such a fashion in this instance not only was ridiculous, the end result was that of a threat and intimidation for attempting to follow the Alabama Open Meetings Law and replying to a direct comment made to me by the Commission Chair during the meeting, then directing the Chief Deputy to have me removed if it occurs again. This attempt at intimidation is typical of ideological extremists, in this case an elected public official.


Ladies and Gentleman of Jackson County, know who you are electing before marking your ballot.

VIDEO SEGMENT REGARDING AGENDA ITEM 4