The Oshkosh Northwestern is doing some great detailed reporting on a possible case of public records abuse by city officials and a city attorney.
One Oshkosh alderman, Tony Palmeri, is concerned because of mounting evidence that city staff members may have “intentionally tried to keep some documents from public scrutiny.”
The city of Oshkosh gave a private developer a $2.2 million grant for what is called “The 100 Block Project”. The city and interested parties are having a hard time getting their hands on financial documents relating to the development they funded.
The Oshkosh Northwestern is itself seeking copies of the financial records–which are in the physical possession of a land title company–and has so far been stonewalled, on the grounds that “records held by a third party…[are] not subject to the state’s Open Records law.”
The 100 Block Project is in financial disarray, and the community wants to know what happened. After all, it’s being asked to pay additional funds to cover shortfalls in debt payments.
So far, no luck.
I’m reasonably sure this didn’t happen to the records. But not completely.