11. December 2010 11:00
A few letters were mailed today. One is to the Wallingford Police Department, one version is to the Old Saybrook Police Department.
Old Saybrook FOI Letter
Wallingford FOI Letter
These letters were sent certified mail with return receipts. Both of these police departments have proven to be non-responsive or resistant to supply information in the past, so I am covering my bases.
The letters were also sent to the mayor of Wallingford, First Selectman of Old Saybrook and the town clerk of each just for the record. I didn't feel it necessary to make these certified mail as well.
It looks like these should all arrive on Monday, and I will post the return receipts when I get them.
I will give each department one week to contact me before I contact them and find out what is going on. They need to abide by the law here and get me this information. In the past, I have had nothing but problems with Lt. Mikulski providing information that he is supposed to be provide in accordance to the law. It is sad that a citizen has to be the one to look up statutes and explain them to records divisions in police departments so that they can get public records that they are entitled to.
This will not be the same as those incidents. They need to step up their game and make sure they do things correctly. We will see if they can do things correctly.
2. November 2010 16:35
I spoke with Alison Perreault on the phone today. She was apologetic like the manager Greg Thompson was. She seemed to understand the national policy pretty well and understood the gravity of the situation. She says she is going to be having a regional meeting with a bunch of the stores and will bring this issue up.
I requested a letter that say I may patronize the restaurant whenever I want as long as I am following the laws of our state. She reluctantly agreed. She said it was not 'standard practice'. I informed her I don't believe any of this is standard practice, but explained that without the letter I could be risking a trespassing charge should the Old Saybrook Police Department get called out there again.
Lets hope I get the letter and that is the end of this issue on the Starbucks end.