Freedom of Information Act is a law that gives rights to everyone to have access to public records. You may have noticed that Councilwoman Horvath asked the assistant to the Mayor if she ever answered a FOIA herself or does she send everyone of them to the lawyer. Councilwoman Horvath was worried about the cost of the FOIA request. Councilwoman Horvath asked me about the FOIA that we filed with the city the last one cost the city 1,300.00 that was on the invoice from corporation counsel. Why because we send in the request to the FOIA Coordinator who is the assistant to the Mayor and she sends it to corporation counsel who then answers it at a price of $135.00 and hour. Not to mention that we have to submit some request more than once because they did not like the way it was worded so more charges. This last FOIA we sent in was handled by the FOIA Coordinator who charged us her time at $28.80 an hour we paid the price. We pay what ever they bill us for I think it was the first time that she handled one from us. If there is nothing to hide there is no reason to have to send these things out to a lawyer. Councilwoman Horvath who held the same position when she was the assistant to Mayor Canfield never sent a FOIA to a lawyer to answer, she answer all of them herself.
If the assistant to the Mayor bills her time out at $28.80 an hour why has she not sent a bill in for her time on the NSP Grant. What ever time she has spent on NSP has to be billed to the grant she would bill it just like McKenna bills their time for administering the grant. Her time spent on the NSP Grant should not be coming out of the Mayors Department Budget that money comes form the general fund. In the end it will not matter because the city is already over the 10% allowed to spend on administering the grant in the first place. That is not the point an accurate record should be kept of the expenses of this grant. That is what I think anyway how are we to know how much over the city is if the NSP Grant Manager is not charging their time to the grant.