Sunday, March 20, 2011

Another Dowagiac City Manager In Trouble

Dowagiac seems to have problems getting city managers. The last one William H Nelson was arrested and plead guilty to attempting to have sex with someone he thought was 14.

Dowagiac's current city manager Kevin Anderson has been named in a lawsuit from three female police officers for violating their civil rights.

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Dowagiac seems to attract criminals
Funeral Director was charged with fraud and had human remains in his kitchen.
Local doctor charged and convicted of child porn.

Dowagiac mayor is named in lawsuit for rigging a 3 million dollar car auction.

Pedophile was found to have children's school records in his desk at city hall and the city refused to find out why.

It's time for the voters of Dowagiac to say enough is enough and vote these people out of office.

Friday, March 11, 2011

After A Letter From The Attorney General The City Of Dowagiac Backs Down On Utility Information

Ok lets take a look at what the city has done about the online electric information.
1) Why didn't they say anything about the opt out a long time ago?
2) Because of the opt out we are going to pay someone to read the e mail and pay them to take the names out of the system.
3) How does the city know the person sending the e mail is the real account holder?
None of this makes any sense, don't pay someone to do all this work, just take the entire program off the Internet.
I hope everyone knows that the city would take the program off the Internet but won't because it will make them look bad.
Only in Dowagiac

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dowagiac giving Out Personal Payment History For The Price Of One Dollar

I have no idea why the city of Dowagiac just added an online payment search to its website.

Yes, you can go online and type in the name of any utility customer in the city and get their account details, electric usage and payment history, for the price of $1.

What public service is the city providing by allowing anyone to look into your payment history and account information online for a dollar?

What liability is the city going to have, for example, when someone's ex-husband is looking for his ex-wife, and he can go online and pay a dollar to obtain her address? What if a person had a personal protection order issued, only to have their safety jeopardized because of the city's policy of releasing a victim's residential information? What is the city's response going to be if someone gets injured as a result of making this information public? What liability will they have?

This is clearly an invasion of privacy so the city can make $1 each time somebody spies on a neighbor.

I can understand landlords wanting this information for their rentals, but they obtain this with the permission of the renter.

I am asking citizens to write their opinions regarding what public service the city is offering by allowing anyone in the world to pay a dollar to see residents' account information and payment history. Why does the entire city need to know how many late notices a resident has received?

Please come forward and run for office this year. We all need to put a stop to ill-conceived, destructive city practices like this.