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January 14, 2013

Burnside ordered to turn over blueprints

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Furthermore, Jones isn’t certain it’s appropriate to let DeNiro — or anyone else — see the documents in question.
“I got a letter from one of the attorneys from the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC), and she thought the records should be made available,” said Jones. “I checked with J.D. Chaney (chief governmental affairs officer) at the League of Cities, and he said, ‘Don’t tell me she said that.’ (The documents) should not be made available because they fall under Homeland Security.
“That’s the water source for the whole community,” continued Jones. “Why would anyone want to know anything about that other than employees?
“It’s not me deciding (other people) don’t need it,” he added. “Homeland Security says they don’t have any business with it. That’s why they have a fence around the water plant, and have security cameras around it.”
Jones said that DeNiro would check in with City Hall every few days to see if the city had found the plans he’d requested. Jones repeatedly had to tell him no, and that if the city did consent to let DeNiro see them, “it will be here at City Hall with someone else looking on; we won’t be giving out a blueprint of the water processing plant for you to go spreading around for the entire community.”
The order from Conway said that DeNiro’s appeal to the attorney general’s office was dated November 26, 2012 and received on December 4, after repeated attempts by DeNiro to acquire the information from the city. According to the order, DeNiro said that “the Mayor stated that the attorneys instructed him to not allow me to see the plans. ... I spoke to the City Attorney Billy Hopkins and he said he didn’t know what the Mayor meant and that I should write the Attorney General’s Office.”

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