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"
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? "
"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. "
"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. "
"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 onwww.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. "
"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. "
"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 "
"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