I recently looked askance at David Brook’s piece in the Concord Monitor glorifying Gilford Town Administrator Scott Dunn’s Edifice to Economic Illiteracy otherwise known as the Gilford Solid Waste Center:
Gilford shows how to rebuilding recycling programs after industry collapse
As the recycling industry struggles to recover from the one-two punch of China upending global markets followed by the continuing complication of the pandemic, one town is seeing some success by reinventing its whole approach, starting with communication.
Unfortunately, Brooks never defines what “some success” actually means in this context. When you don’t do that, then Government almost always decides to declare success (and generally in ways that the Private Sector would reject totally out of hand). So I have no idea what that “success” metric is – and no one else does, either. I’m not sure he does, to be blunt and he never takes a crack at it in his piece.
Ideological bent and “keeping up with the [Laconia] Jones'” aside, this whole pet project was sold that it would pay for itself. I kept hearing that the recycling markets would come back, that someone would start buying what Gilford was trying to sell. Well, by definition, that means that “some success” has a financial component. As a taxpayer, that’s the only component that I’m concerned about. So, here’s the plan:
Pursuant to the Right to Know Law (RSA. 91-A), I am demanding access, within 5 business days, to the below enumerated governmental records Otherwise, in not within the mandated 5 business day window per RSA 91-A, please advise when the Responsive Records will be made available.
This request is concerned with the Revenues and Expenses for the Gilford Solid Waste Center (“GSWC”) since its opening day. Please provide the following responsive records:
- The total monthly revenues starting with the first full month that the GSWC was open to Gilford residents through December, 2021
- The total monthly operational expenses starting with the first full month that the GSWC was open to Gilford residents through December 2021
- The total expense for the construction of the GSWC from the start of the design period through to the first full month (but not to include that month) that the GSWC was open to Gilford residents.
- The total expense of continued projects / build out of the GSWC from the first full month that the GSWC was open to Gilford residents through December 2021.
For any currently planned projects / capital improvements from the beginning of 2021 and forward, the estimated costs of those planned projects / capital improvements.
Per RSA 91-A:4 IV(c) If you deny any portion of this request, please cite the specific exemption used to justify the denial to make each record, or part thereof, available for inspection along with a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the information withheld.
As you are aware, in 2016, the New Hampshire Supreme Court ruled that a governmental body in possession of records is required to produce them in electronic media using standard of common file formats: Green v. SAU #55, 168 N.H. 796, 801 (2016). Unless there is some reason that it is not reasonably practicable for you to produce these records in the requested format, I ask that you either do so or explain why it is not practicable for you to comply.
Please let me know when these records will be sent so me for inspection.
You may email the responsive records to me at Skip@GraniteGrok.com. If the volume is turns out to be substantial, I have already set up a Dropbox folder for all of your responsive records to which they can be uploaded.
Thank you for your lawful attention to this matter.