An over 70 Joke

 

A couple, both age 78, went to a sex therapist’s office. The doctor asked, “What can I do for you?”

The man said, “Will you watch us have sex?”

The doctor looked puzzled, but agreed.

When the couple finished, the doctor said, “There’s nothing wrong with the way you have sex,” and charged them $50.

This happened several weeks in a row. The couple would make an appointment, have sex with no problems, pay the doctor, then leave.

Finally, the doctor asked, “Just exactly what are you trying to find out?”

“We’re not trying to find out anything,” the husband replied.
“She’s married and we can’t go to her house. I’m married and we can’t go to my house. The Holiday Inn charges $90. The Hilton charges $108. We do it here for $50…and I get $43 back from Medicare.

Adam Jones

Does Miller or McKenzie really know right from wrong?

White Springs town manager questions use of grant funds

 

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:18 am

By Joyce Marie Taylor joycemarie.taylor@gaflnews.com

 

http://www.suwanneedemocrat.com/news/jasper_news/

If you haven’t been on the internet or subscribe or pick up the Thursday Jasper News, the aforementioned article is something you should read in its entirety.  For once, or possibly for the second time in years, an honest unbiased story unfolds.  Joe for years has stated the grant money we have received has never been used for its intended purpose and now, Bill Lawrence, has questioned the council and is right.

 The $40,000 in missing grant money, which was probably spent, also showed up as a deficit in the Sewer and Water account in this year’s budget when the Former Mayor, Miller, stated because of the increase they had the money for the revolving loan.  I am beginning to feel that they have been doing what they see fit, not worrying as to where they take money from and they don’t even realize they are doing things illegally but would rather blame Joe and I for their misdeeds and stipulate we are “idiots”.

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 8:18 am

By Joyce Marie Taylor joycemarie.taylor@gaflnews.com

(Editor’s note: The White Springs Town Council met Wednesday night and prior to our deadline to discuss the hiring of a new town manager following Manager Bill Lawrence’s resignation earlier this week. See a complete story on this next week.)

 

 

“A few items were added to the agenda, including a request from Councilwoman Helen Miller, who stated Town Manager Bill Lawrence wanted to add to old business a discussion on the completion of a VisitFlorida grant.

 

 

“After brief department head reports, the focus turned to old business and the VisitFlorida grant, which took up a good portion of the meeting. The grant is titled White Springs Nature and Heritage Center-USPS Pictorial Postmark Program, Miller noted.”

“This was the U.S. Pictorial Postmark program, which also provided the funding for the Florida Quilt Trail and the White Springs Florida Quilt Trail activities,” said Miller. “The grant is for $5,000 and it does list the activities that need to be funded. This is a grant where the town pays for the expenses and when it’s complete, it gets reimbursed by VisitFlorida.”

 

Miller said what was left to do on the grant program was to use $1,000 for marketing, as listed in the Project Budget Detail, which she said is provided on page 3 of the grant application. She asked that $1,000 be allocated to the Nature & Heritage Tourism Center account.

 

Lawrence noted earlier that PotashCorp-White Springs had donated $1,000 to keep the tourism center open for the month of May to accommodate the Florida Folk Festival.

 

Another item that needed to be completed on the VisitFlorida grant, Miller noted, was to produce designs for postcards, T-shirts and shopping bags based on the YoYo Quilt pictorial postmark, and that there was enough money in the grant budget to fund it.

 

 

“To get the funds released or reimbursed to us, we have to complete the entire project, so I have asked Mr. Lawrence to provide the authorization to complete the project, so that all funds that have been expended can be reimbursed,” Miller told the council.

 

Councilman Willie Jefferson asked where the upfront money was coming from to do the project and Miller told him it would come from the economic development account.

 

“These are the funds that were generated for the town by performing the work for year one of the DEO Competitive Florida project,” Miller explained. “These are not revenue funds and these are not Enterprise funds.”

 

Jefferson conferred to Lawrence, who said he had concerns and wanted to speak with VisitFlorida Grant Administrator Susan Gale to see if the $1,000 for operating costs at the tourism center was appropriate use of the funds.

 

“I kinda disagree with that,” said Lawrence.

 

Lawrence said he was concerned about taking money out of the economic development account because it was down to $15,536.“The UF pavilion cost us $4,837… $1,475 was raised in donations, which meant we took $3,362 from that account to pay off the bill so these kids could graduate,” Lawrence said.

 

Miller noted after the meeting that she had allocated $1,225 of her mayor salary and raised another $1,000 in donations for a total of $2,225 for the pavilion project, and that Lawrence’s figures were wrong.

 

“We also have a UF subcontract for DEO in the second year of deliverables, one for the I-75/CR 136 site plan that is estimated at $10,000, and another one for the White Springs Eco-lodge planning and development at $15,000,” Lawrence advised the councilors. “Now, these deliverables we will get reimbursed, but by the same token, we signed a contract with UF to pay these when the invoices come in and I was going to pay that out of the economic development account.”

 

Lawrence continued, saying, “Obviously, if we’re on the hook for $25,000, we only have $15,000 in the account before we start getting reimbursed. I feel like we have more debt out there than we can pay and I’m just not real comfortable with that, but I have no problems doing what this council is asking me to do.”

 

Lawrence said if after speaking with VisitFlorida and being advised that it is appropriate to use $1,000 of the grant funds for the tourism center in order to keep it open for another month, then he would be okay with it.

Lawrence and Miller both noted that the deliverables for DEO’s Competitive Florida Partnership Program had to be completed by June 15, in order to seek reimbursement for funds in the amount of up to $40,000. Lawrence said he wasn’t sure how quickly they would get the reimbursement monies.

 

Vice Mayor Walter McKenzie asked Lawrence if there was any concern that the town would not get reimbursed from VisitFlorida and Lawrence said, “No, not to date.” McKenzie then asked Miller whose idea it was to use some of the VisitFlorida grant funds for the tourism center.

 

“That’s what we submitted it for,” Miller replied.

 

“And they agreed to it?” McKenzie asked.

 

“Well, yeah, they provided the funds for the project,” said Miller.

Miller said she gave Lawrence a copy of the project budget and details that morning and asked why he did not contact VisitFlorida if he had questions about the use of funds. Lawrence said he tried calling Susan Gale at VisitFlorida, but could not reach her, so he left her a phone message.

 

Miller noted that the grant is named after the tourism center. McKenzie said he remembered discussing the matter when the grant was originally applied for and that VisitFlorida was agreeable to the use of the funds. Miller added that they were looking for ways to generate funds to keep the tourism center open.

 

“That’s why it wound up in the budget to begin with,” said Miller.

 

“I don’t want us to say we’re worried we won’t get paid back because we will get paid,” McKenzie told Lawrence. “Those statements will come back to haunt you the next time you go to apply for a grant. If we already basically agreed what the grant was and what the expenditures were, and where they were to be spent, and we go to question that or try to change it, I’m concerned that people are going to look at that kind of behavior when we apply for future grants.”

Bullard suggested tabling the matter until their next meeting, so that they could get an answer from VisitFlorida.

When asked by Miller, Lawrence said he had no issue with the other items in the grant.

 

“I just want to be sure we’re playing by the rules,” he said.

“Absolutely,” Miller told him. “That’s why I presented the memo and attachments to you earlier today.”

 

Miller said if the council chose to do nothing, they would not be reimbursed by VisitFlorida for any of the funds that have already been expended.

 

After some heated discussion, where Lawrence said he disagreed with statements being made, he clarified that he was uncomfortable taking funds from the VisitFlorida grant that were earmarked for marketing and using them for operational costs of the tourism center. Brown then made a motion to table the matter until Lawrence heard back from VisitFlorida. Jefferson seconded the motion and it passed by a vote of 3-2 with McKenzie and Miller voting against.

 

On Monday, May 18, Lawrence advised that he received an e-mail response from the grants team at VisitFlorida regarding use of the $1,000 for operational costs at the tourism center. It stated: “William, be advised that you are correct, in that, the memo is referring to costs that are not an allowable expenditure for the grant program. The allowable costs must be specific to executing marketing programs to publicize the tourism advantages of the state of Florida.”

 

 

 

 

 

Citizens of White Springs, you have never believed Joe or I when we discussed the council’s misspending of funds outside of assisting the White Springs Residents.  Here is proof positive from an unbiased source, a Town Manager who is honest and forthright and who the council has not allowed to stick to the budget by reason of the Former Mayor Miller’s spending habits with the assistance of Walter McKenzie to place us in this dire financial situation.  There are two rules in
White Springs, Miller/Mckenzies rules and other government rules.

 

 

Karin for the blog

Go Get em’

Even though Shirley has never shown the fairness I feel is required from the mounds of paperwork I have read in which many things were fabricated, I am all for her taking the Town Manager position.  There is no one, I believe, on the council who can help her, especially from a financial prospective.  And this I have seen from the many failures of the Town to stick to a budget or to even calculate the simplest of analytic probable solutions to any problem which has come up; nor have they, the officials, any business acumen.   So, Shirley will have to prove herself.

Throughout my life, I have made certain I have hired go-getters who are willing to learn but the Town is in such dire straits without reserves that it should be interesting to see what will happen next.

Go Get them Shirley, if you can.  But you will have to hit the books because a Town Manager should have knowledge in the Laws and should have an accounting or financial background like Bill Lawrence….but lets face it Helen Miller ran the past two managers as did Walter and neither Townsend nor Farley had the passion to do what you held Bill back from doing.

There will be no change in White Springs because I fear Leopards cannot change their spots.

 

JUST WHEN YOU THINK THE COUNCIL COULDN’T DO ANY WORSE…

The town hires Shirley Heath, former town clerk, as its town manager. WTF. She is unqualified by a mile. She is responsible for a ton of illegal activities of the town including violations of Florida Statutes 119, 286.011, 112.313, possible election fraud or at least making certain individuals she did not like did not have opportunities and scores of others.

Who knows why the new trio of the Council, Willy, Rhett and that bastion of life experiences Tonja picked someone without even a high school diploma (She has a GED). She knows nothing of finance, couldn’t put together a budget if her life depended on it. She is the least qualified of any of the candidates that the town could have interviewed but didn’t for the position. I can see why Willy and Tonja picked Shirley they love stupid people but Rhett is a mystery. They could have had a Financial Masters degree for less money, a citizen who knows most if not all of White Springs problems. But no, such people were not even considered.

Two bits of good news. Tonja (the non-skilled one), Willy (the one who promised things would get better) and Rhett who is only as a stepping stone into higher political office selected Shirley without interviews or a screening is the Council’s choice. At least Helen and Wally were not part of the equation. Which is the first bit of good news. The second bit is that the town will fold sooner now that a person not even qualified to be a bookkeeper is now town manager. Hamilton County will be running White Springs probably within a year. Said again, as clear as I can say it, Shirley is not who we need. She isn’t even much of a nice lady.

The Town needs leadership. Where is it going to come from? Not from Rhett or Willy and especially not from Tonja. Shirley couldn’t lead a football team to the field much less run White Springs, in my opinion. I thank Willy, Rhett and Tonja. They have just taken a very dire situation and made it worse. What a joke. What were they thinking? I predict scores of new lawsuits for violations of the law from myself and others this time using a Federal Attorney to be the hammer. Thanks for the payday.

And speaking of Paydays. Koberlein must be really excited. Just think, all of those lawsuits and all of that advise to the Town Manager which will be billed at $140.00 an hour.

What a pile of horse hooey.

RUMOR HEARD IN TOWN BY LOYAL READER…

I heard that they wanted to get him back as the interim town manager until they can hire a new one. I’m not sure because when I was at the store earlier I heard that they wanted Robert Townsend back for the interim and then eventually to be rehired, but I heard that at S&S.

WHAT A SCREWED UP TOWN WE LIVE IN. IMAGINE ANYONE WANTING THE PEDOPHILE, SELF CONFESSED AS HE IS, BACK FOR ANYTHING. MUST BE WALTER’S IDEA HIM BEING A LOVER OF THE PEDOPHILE.