If you were a county government appointing members to an Authority,
wouldn’t you know who the other members were, and what that Authority does?
Lowndes County doesn’t seem to know those things about
Deep South Solid Waste Authority (SWA).
Here’s the open records request from Brett Huntley of 7 June 2013:
Deep South Solid Waste Authority (SWA)
– List of members of the board, officers, and staff of SWA,
who appointed each, and their terms of office
– Charter, bylaws, resolutions, and any other SWA organizational documents
– Agendas and Minutes for the past five years for SWA, and future meeting schedule
Please provide as much in electronic form as possible.
And here’s the response from Paige Dukes 12 June 2013:
Regarding information related to the Deep South Solid Waste Authority,
you may contact Regional Commission Representative, Julia Shewchuk, at
229-333-5277. Lowndes County is not the custodian of the records you
The IA promised a future of more open communication.
And yet Tuesday, the board’s attorney refused to answer any questions
regarding the potential sale of the land to the company, citing a caveat
in the Open Records Act that protects information involved in a current
legal issue. The Times issued an Open Records request Tuesday to obtain
the information requested or copies of the litigation documents, assuming
that since the attorney cited this exemption, there is an active lawsuit
over the land sale.
Shelby County school leaders have taken their fight against consolidation
to the courts, filing a federal lawsuit Friday alleging that the city
school board’s “irrational” charter surrender deprives Memphis students
of their constitutional rights.
In the lawsuit, suburban district leaders also blast the city of Memphis
and the Memphis City Council for supporting “the (MCS) board’s unplanned
and un-thoughtful effort to abandon its obligations to the children