Below is response to the letter published in the Buckeye Lake Beacon dated 12/20/2008 from Shannon Duval, The Township Fiscal Officer's husband, AKA "The Township Dog Warden".  I have quoted the article accurately within quotation marks. My comments are in red.
 Link to full  Beacon Rant, or as I call it "Duval Diatribe"

Jeff Chorpenning.

"Editor:
There has been a lot of talk in the township about Trustee Jeff Chorpenning's unofficial township website. In 2007, he did a computer survey to see if the township residents were aware of some of the things available in the township. I finally saw the results of this survey; he had eight people respond online. Then he had to go door to door to collect another 12 to make 20. Wow, that is a huge response! He keeps saying how so many people find this website a valuable tool. So is it just eight people that visit his site? "

It is very unlikely that only 8 people visit www.bowlinggreentownship.com today. The more you tell people about it, the more people will find their public record information there. Don’t forget that this was in 2007, when the site was in an earlier growth stage. You might be surprised how many people now know about it & go there regularly for timely and accurate information. The results of the test survey have been posted on-line for quite some time.

"So let's go into more detail about this website. This is an exact quote from the homepage of his site. "All feedback and volunteer help appreciated." Well it has been proven time and time again that this is a false statement. There have been several people with feedback on ways to improve the website and it falls on deaf ears. As a matter of fact there was a gentleman that came to the meeting two months ago, a resident requested him to attend. He has extensive back ground and experience with websites. This man basically said that he feels Chorpenning is leaving himself open to liability. But Chorpenning doesn't care; he said he doesn't have a problem with it. "

It is correct that I do not have a problem with any public record that is on www.bowlinggreentownship.com . Public record should always be available to the public. "All feedback and volunteer help IS appreciated".
There is NO false statement. The only thing proven time and time again is "Duval diatribe".


"He has now been putting podcasts of the meeting recordings on his site. Some of them have obviously been edited or not fully recorded, in particular, the one of the meeting in June when the Medicare reimbursement issue came up. It isn't all there! He also does not mention that some of the podcasts are incomplete. Shouldn't that kind of information be disclosed on the site? He also has highlighted on the minutes page - Fiscal Officer (FO) refuses to send. How did he put them on there if she didn't give them to him? So this is an out and out lie. He also makes the same statement (FO refuses to send) next to the November 25, 2008 meeting when the minutes haven't been read and approved by the board. "

The podcasts began in 2008 and are as recorded and never edited. All one would need to do is purchase the Dog Warden wife’s "official recordings" and compare. Dates of published files are all documented on the website and are accurate. It is a fact that the Fiscal Officer has refused to send public record minutes in a digital format, as she originally had done & continues refusal to do so. I only recently received the latest meeting notes in writing after having to go through the county prosecutor’s office for assistance. The "Dog Warden" is again claiming something as a lie that is not. Mrs. Duval still has not given any reason for refusing to accept township business email from me, Why would this be? This is of course another whole chapter of the ongoing refusal to communicate or provide timely public record requests. I would never edit any recording that is posted on www.bowlinggreentownship.com .

"We have learned to play his game, I (the Dog Warden) have been documenting everything when he asks for something, unless it has personal information. Even when there is something dropped off at the township building. Maybe they should do the same because they forget what they ask for. But maybe they are just trying to make the FO's life miserable, but they forgot something, she has lived with me for 16 years, she knows how to handle difficult. "

It may be a game to you or whomever you are calling "We". Who is the "We" that is forgetting what they asked for? Township business is NEVER a game to me.

"Then there is the fact that I sent a letter for correspondence a couple of months ago and when it got posted on his website, I got a long explanation about how I didn't do it the way he wanted me to. But you look at Kern's letters, and they don't have any 'black flags' marked next to them. I guess he only wants to hear from his 'yes men'. "

If you make it public record, I can assure you that I have no issues with putting it on the "All volunteer, grass roots, public record website". Never has been and never will be a problem. The stipulation is simple, it just needs to be a document in some kind of digital format. All of these facts are also well documented on www.bowlinggreentownship.com . If anything is missing on the website , if provided a paper copy I’ll be happy to scan it to post. There could be some items that I never received that may be missing. The podcast does pick up verbiage and comment that would never be historically documented otherwise.

"It's funny that they can bash the other two trustees all they want, but when it's against Chorpenning they jump all over it. I never saw where the law was made that they were the only ones entitled to free speech. "

Who is this "they"? You keep implying that there is a "We" and a "They". Your continuous "Duval Diatribe" in the Beacon and spouted at public meetings proves you have not been stifled in any way with your ‘entitlement’ of free speech.

"There is also an issue with the official township seal that Chorpenning conned the board into spending $134 on for official business. But one of the first things this seal was used for was his unofficial website. He also got the board to approve purchasing a scanner so the FO can do his dirty work for him by scanning the official minutes and sending them to him in a digital format. The minutes are not official until they are signed by the board and no where in the ORC or the Sunshine law requires a FO to create a new document to fulfill a records request but this goes way over Chorpenning's head. He seems to only abide by the law when it is convenient for him. The two year old temper tantrums need to stop. "

There goes your liable remarks again. This time "I conned"? Explain to me how you can use a paper document sealer to emboss it on a website? Did you forget that the board you sit on, Mr. Duval of the Township Zoning Board, discovered the zoning requires that there IS to be a township seal on certain documents? How is it that a 3 board panel of Trustees making an official ‘motion’ decision to abide by a Zoning resolution requirement is a "con"? The scanner fiasco is a whole other comical ingredient to the Duval ‘stymie approach’ to providing open records. The scanner story deserves its own entire write-up. Show me where anyone asked for a new document to be created. I agree that your two year old temper tantrums need to stop; but, I think it is now closer to 4 years that you have been ranting about everything related to "Chorpenning".

"This website is completely run by him. He has complete control and will not give it up. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Maybe he will be the next one to be drug into court!
Shannon Duval, Dog Warden
Bowling Green Township "

I’ll be there in court if you "drag" me there!  That would be interesting. "To summarize with MY quote, 'Public record is for the public' and that is BowlingGreenTownship.com."


Jeff Chorpenning
Trustee, and Resident of Bowling Green Township
 

Remember:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment or religion, or prohibiting the free exercise therof or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." -First Amendment