And now we’re back to the Scott Dunn Monument to Economic Illiteracy (otherwise known as the Gilford Recycling Center) - Part 2 - Granite Grok

And now we’re back to the Scott Dunn Monument to Economic Illiteracy (otherwise known as the Gilford Recycling Center) – Part 2

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Well, I’m not letting the speed of return responses from my Right To Know requests get the better of me yet although I AM pleased that they aren’t being slow rolled. To recap, what I asked for:

    • Revenues to date for this fiscal year (GL account line item for the last budget process: 01-3404-917)
      • Fees paid by Town residents for any materials brought to the Recycling Center by type of fee
      • Payments by other entities by type of payments
    • The following expenses for this fiscal year (last budget season’s GL Account line items):
      • 01-4324-101    SW – Full Time Wages
      • 01-4324-102    SW – Part Time Wages
      • 01-4324-103    SW – Overtime
      • 01-4324-104    SW – Holiday Pay
      • 01-4324-107    SW – Accrual Payout
      • 01-4324-109    SW – Merit Wages
      • 01-4324-121    SW – Social Security
      • 01-4324-122    SW – Medicare
      • 01-4324-125    SW – Retirement
      • 01-4324-131    SW – Health Insurance
      • 01-4324-132    SW – Dental Insurance
      • 01-4324-133    SW – Life & Disability Insurance
      • 01-4324-241    SW – Professional Development
      • 01-4324-321    SW – General Supplies
      • 01-4324-325    SW – Transfer Station Coupons
      • 01-4324-331    SW – Uniforms
      • 01-4324-363    SW – Hazardous Waste Day
      • 01-4324-421    SW- Vehicle Maintenance Expenses
      • 01-4324-451    SW – New Equipment
      • 01-4324-511    SW – Telephone
      • 01-4324-512    SW – Electricity
      • 01-4324-515    SW – Tipping Fees & Transportation
      • 01-4324-518    SW – Recycling Expenses
      • 01-4324-532    SW – Recycling Center Impro

If any of the above GL account items have been superseded or deleted, provide the new/updated GL accounts.

Note that I asked for THIS Fiscal Year as I have the budgets already from previous years. Plus a bit more but that’s that’s most of it. So on Friday, Scott Dunn responded (emphasis mine):

From: “Scott Dunn” <sdunn@gilfordnh.org>
To: “Skip Murphy” <skip@granitegrok.com>
Sent: 6/25/2020 9:16:22 AM
Subject: FW: RSA 91-A Demand – Expenses and Revenues, year to date

Dear Mr. Murphy,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your demand for certain public documents.

Please be advised there is no building or structure owned by the Town of Gilford known as the Scott Dunn Monument to Economic Illiteracy.

Amusing or sarcasm? I’ll take it as the former!

Attached is a budget worksheet that shows all line item expenses and revenues for the Town for the period 2013-2019.

Yeah, this is 2020. So “chaff” has been sent as I am certainly not interested in 2013 and the like.

For information concerning the official records of the Board of Selectmen as they pertain to the Recycle Center, you will find minutes and video recordings of the Selectmen’s meetings available on the Town website.  Minutes are also kept on file in the Town Clerk’s Office.  If researching the minutes on line is not convenient for you, you are welcome to visit the Town Clerk’s Office to inspect all of the minutes available in search of the information you are seeking.

The Town website also includes all monthly financial reports that have year-to-date expenses and revenues as you have requested for the Solid Waste charts of accounts (and all other municipal expenditures as well).  The most recent report available on the website is dated June 15, 2020.  The website also includes all bi-monthly accounts payable manifests going back to 2011 that should provide you with the information you have demanded concerning payments to vendors.  If you would like to obtain a copy of a specific invoice, let me know the name of the vendor and invoice date or amount paid after you have an opportunity to review the manifests.

OK, so Dunn is letting me know that there are “responsive records” – information that the town has on the Solid Waste budget and must be delivered.  Notice even more “chaff” is going to be sent – unasked for information (the “and all other municipal expenditures as well” bit). I really could care less – I HAVE all that information up to last year’s budget season. Well, if he wants to knock himself out, who am I to deny that?

However, perhaps I erred on the “amusing or sarcasm” part above. He knows that I have always asked for spreadsheets – all those years budget numbers in a PDF. Which means he sent it in a format that is just about unusable because all of the GL line items and descriptions are on the left margins on the first 20 pages with the amounts for 2013-2015, but the information for THIS year starts on page 37 and proceeding to page 54. Like that old plane, fog, and Microsoft tower joke, technically correct but unusable. But that’s ok – it was just the approved budget.

FY2020 BOS Final Budget

Not the actuals year to date that I asked for.

So with this email and that PDF, he:

  • Hasn’t returned with any “responsive records” even though I know they exist (how else would you run a town budget)
  • Sent information that had the appearance of but not the important of said “responsive records”.

He’s stalling because this information is right at his finger tips either in that monstrosity of an EXCEL spreadsheet that I know he keeps or in the actual accounting system that the town pays for every year.

Lastly, with regards to your demand for communications, I estimate it will take approximately 2 weeks for me to compile this information.   I will let you know when this information is available and the fees that may be involved.

Regards,

Scott J. Dunn, Town Administrator
Town of Gilford
47 Cherry Valley Road
Gilford, NH  023249
603-527-4706

Now that I’m writing this, I see he is flooding my inbox with emails. This will be interesting to see what it is: Letter of the Law (the PDF already sent) or the Spirit of the Law