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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Paint Rock, Alabama Woes - Open Meetings Failures? Possible Financial Impropriety? UPDATE - June 9, 2018 Sentinel Article

Paint Rock, Alabama - early 20th Century. This appears to be an old photo postcard, prior to the 1930's tornado which destroyed a large portion of the town. Fair Use publication, not for profit news and commentary. Link Credit: 
Digital Alabama https://digitalalabama.com/alabama-treasure-legends/yuchi-gold-paint-rock-alabama/6260

UPDATE - June 9, 2018 JACKSON COUNTY SENTINEL ARTICLE  -   http://jcsentinel.com/feature_story/article_1a0df1e6-6b69-11e8-bc93-3fbe7b10a231.html

Part of Paint Rock, Alabama today along U.S Highway 72. Photo from Wiki link below, Fair Use for not for profit news reporting and commentary.

The Town of Paint Rock has some serious legal issues, they documented some of these issues in policy and ordinances confirmed by the City Clerk of Paint Rock and a former City Council member. There may be several problems regarding the town's finances, which become apparent when looking at their financial statements, not discussed at this time.

Town of Paint Rock, Alabama's Open Meeting Policy, it does not coincide with state law. Link below. Click on any image for an expanded view.
Their government style as to Open Meetings policy could be called secretive, uninformed, and in violation of the Open Meeting laws of the State of Alabama. It is the only town, approximately 210 in population ( Wiki on Paint Rock, Alabama: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paint_Rock,_Alabama  ), that I have encountered in Jackson County Alabama, which forbids the Press of any type, non-residents of the town, and recording of the meetings without the expressed approval of the Town Council; all these open meetings policy items violate the Alabama  Open Meetings Act, found on line at the following locations:  https://law.justia.com/codes/alabama/2006/26146/36-25a-1.html   Manual for Public Officials - https://www.alabamapress.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/AL_Open_Meetings_Act.pdf   Alabama Secretary of State: https://www.openmeetings.alabama.gov/generalpublic/publicdefault.aspx  Code of Alabama specifically: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/codeofalabama/1975/154883.htm    League of Municipalities: http://www.alalm.org/89-legal-services/legal-resources/181-open-meetings-law.html   

Town of Paint Rock, Alabama Meeting Guidelines, January 2018, as confirmed by a former Town council member and the current Town Clerk. Click on image to expand view. 


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The town is poor why are they giving the tax payers money to one person to cut grass. How can this be reported. Who would someone report this too. Sounds like one crooked town