[nfbmi-talk] Fw: Response to Email Regarding EOC Minutes

joe harcz Comcast joeharcz at comcast.net
Fri Apr 18 13:12:28 UTC 2014


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Haynes, Carla (LARA) 
To: joe harcz Comcast 
Cc: Rodgers, Edward (LARA) ; Luzenski, Sue (LARA) ; Pemble, Mike (LARA) ; Belknap, Katie (LARA) ; Zanger, Connie (LARA) ; Hull, James (LARA) 
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2014 9:07 AM
Subject: Response to Email Regarding EOC Minutes


April 18, 2014

 

Mr. Paul Joseph Harcz, Jr.

Email:  joeharcz at comcast.net

1365 E. Mt. Morris Rd.

Mt. Morris, MI 48458

 

Re:  Email Dated April 7, 2014 Regarding EOC Minutes

 

Dear Mr. Harcz, Jr.:

 

I am in receipt of your email to Director Rodgers dated April 7, 2014 (included below).

 

Please be advised that we have not treated your request as a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  However, please be advised that your statements concerning the Elected Operators Committee (EOC) are not factually correct.  The Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) has no control over the activities of the EOC.  Until they have approved their own minutes, BSBP does not have a final copy.  Once we receive from the EOC the approved minutes, we will post them on the BSBP website and they will be available to the public.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Carla Miller Haynes

Bureau of Services for Blind Persons

 

cc:       Edward F. Rodgers II

            Sue Luzenski

            Mike Pemble

            Katie Belknap

            Constance Zanger

            James Hull



From: joe harcz Comcast [mailto:joeharcz at comcast.net] 

Sent: Monday, April 07, 2014 3:44 PM

To: Rodgers, Edward (LARA)

Cc: Marlene Malloy MCRS Dir.; BRIAN SABOURIN; Christyne.Cavataio at ed.gov; James Chaney EOC; Luzenski, Sue (LARA)

Subject: eoc minutes not very timely

 

April 7 2014 to Rodgers EOC Minutes

 

Paul Joseph Harcz, Jr.

1365 E. Mt. Morris Rd.

Mt. Morris, MI 48458

810-516-5262

joeharcz at comcast.net

 

Not a FOIA Request

 

To:

Edward Rodgers, Director

Mich. Bureau Services to Blind Persons

 

Dear. Mr. Rodgers,

 

Getting information from your agency, even required information is certainly not timely.

 

For example on BSBP's web site the latest minutes (required under the Mich. OMA and Public Act 260) at:

http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61256_28313_33126-221941--,00.html

 

are from June 8, 2013.

 

The Michigan Open Meetings Act requires that all meeting minutes are produced or made available upon request within 8 working days.

 

Thus I request that you follow the OMA and corrollary laws and remit all the minutes since June of last year  to me via e-mail forthwith and once again urge you to make them available upon BSBP's web site in a timely manner as other agencies in state government do as a matter of routine.

 

It certainly isn't transparent, these in-actions, and is hardly the hallmark of a well run agency accountable to the people of this state and to people who happen to be blind.

 

Regardless, it is a pattern and practice of you and the agency violating the OMA, and indeed Section 504 and other aspects of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and PA 260 which funds and enables BSBP to begin with.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Paul Joseph Harcz, Jr.

 

Cc: MCRS

Cc: RSA

Cc: EOC

Cc: several

April 7 2014 to Rodgers EOC Minutes

 

Paul Joseph Harcz, Jr.

1365 E. Mt. Morris Rd.

Mt. Morris, MI 48458

810-516-5262

joeharcz at comcast.net

 

Not a FOIA Request

 

To:

Edward Rodgers, Director

Mich. Bureau Services to Blind Persons

 

Dear. Mr. Rodgers,

 

Getting information from your agency, even required information is certainly not timely.

 

For example on BSBP's web site the latest minutes (required under the Mich. OMA and Public Act 260) at:

http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61256_28313_33126-221941--,00.html

 

are from June 8, 2013.

 

The Michigan Open Meetings Act requires that all meeting minutes are produced or made available upon request within 8 working days.

 

Thus I request that you follow the OMA and corrollary laws and remit all the minutes since June of last year  to me via e-mail forthwith and once again urge you to make them available upon BSBP's web site in a timely manner as other agencies in state government do as a matter of routine.

 

It certainly isn't transparent, these in-actions, and is hardly the hallmark of a well run agency accountable to the people of this state and to people who happen to be blind.

 

Regardless, it is a pattern and practice of you and the agency violating the OMA, and indeed Section 504 and other aspects of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and PA 260 which funds and enables BSBP to begin with.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Paul Joseph Harcz, Jr.

 

Cc: MCRS

Cc: RSA

Cc: EOC

Cc: several

 

 

Carla Miller Haynes

LARA Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP)

201 N. Washington Square, 2nd Floor

P.O. Box 30652

Lansing, MI  48909

Telephone:  517-373-2063 or Toll-Free 1-800-292-4200

Fax:  517-335-5140

 

www.michigan.gov/bsbp

 
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