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Secret documents cost taxpayers big money

Matt Westerhold • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:28 PM

In this age of "transparent" governments, I thought it would be good to compile a list of some of the public documents that have not yet seen the light of day:

*The report that led to Perkins police Lt. Al Jenkins firing (estimated cost to taxpayers, $10,000);

*The city report into allegations of sexual harassment against Sandusky city manager Matt Kline (estimated cost to taxpayers, $100,000);

*The settlement documents that led to former Perkins police Chief Tim McClung's retirement (estimated cost to taxpayers, $200,000 including legal fees);

*The state BCI report on allegations that Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter used cocaine (estimated cost to taxpayers, $100,000);

*The transcripts of Baxter's testimony;

*Documents related to the Rev. Fant-Bill Dwelle lawsuit, (estimated cost to taxpayers, $50,000);

*The disciplinary letters, if any, penned after the Sandusky Fire Department's firehouse-frathouse death threats against fire Chief Mike Meinzer investigation (estimated cost to taxpayers, $50,000);

*Invoices and expenses for attorney Margaret Cannon and her team of two others from the out-of-town law firm representing the city (estimated cost to taxpayers, $100,000);

*Invoices, expenses and payments to retired Judge Joseph Cirigliano (estimated cost to taxpayers, $75,000);

*Expenses related to city manager Matt Kline's absences from daily duties due to the hearings (estimated cost to taxpayers, $20,000);

*Correspondence between the city and its various insurers and representatives;

*Discussion during closed-door executive sessions;

*Craig Stahl's super-secret city budget plan that would cause chaos if it were to be revealed;

*Videotapes of interviews with drug suspects;

*Discovery from any or every court case;

*Court documents that are "lost" in the system;

*And, according to William Lang, yet another Cleveland attorney hired by the city of Sandusky to sandbag and defend the city's lack of transparency, a secret document is any document that an attorney handles. Lang called me earlier this week to let me know.


In this age of transparency.

Let the sun shine in ... let the sun shine.

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