On May 8, this longtime Hillsboro taxpayer, business owner and property sent the following request to multiple representatives of what passes for city government in Hillsboro:

Mr. Eric Daniels
Records Custodian
(Or current Records Custodian)
City of Hillsboro

cc: Gary Lewis, Fred Beery, Justin Harsha, Heather Collins, Mel McKenzie, W.D. Hastings, Hon. Judge David McKenna, Hon. Judge Rocky Coss, Hon. Judge Kevin Greer and Anneka Collins

To the City:

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 149.43, at your earliest convenience, please provide a record of all building and/or property inspections conducted on any and all such buildings and/or properties owned, rented, leased or shared by any member of Hillsboro City Council – or their respective spouse(s) – since Jan. 1, 2011.

Please include the date of the inspection, the inspector’s name, the reason for the inspection and the outcome thereof. Please provide a copy of any warrants issued thereto.

It is my preference to receive this information via email to roryeryan@gmail.com or by fax to (937) 840-9492. If you would prefer that I provide a flash drive or CD for copying purposes, please advise. Also, please advise of any costs related to this public records request.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Today, after eight days of zero response from any of the aforementioned public officials – whose salaries are paid by the taxpayers – I realized that the so-called “records custodian” is now serving as the sixth (seventh?) chief of police since the current mayor took office on Jan. 1, 2012.

That said, it’s possible that the latest interim police chief no longer serves as “records custodian.”

That brings up an interesting question: How many “records custodians” has the city of Hillsboro employed at taxpayers’ expense in the past 200-plus years? Anyone?

I doubt the city has found it necessary to employ a “records custodian” prior to the present occupant of the mayor’s office. Of course, being called “stupid” by what passes for a mayor, I could be wrong. I’m good at being wrong. But not nearly as good as some in city government.

Long before this mayor was sworn into office by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell, I used to attend city council meetings and report on honorable mayors like Betty Bishop, Sandy Harsha and Dick Zink.

I may be stupid, but I also have a pretty good memory.

After making a records request on May 8, I decided to submit a separate, yet similar request today after numerous Highland County Press readers suggested I do so.

Today’s request is addressed to the City of Hillsboro, et. al.:

May 16, 2019

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 149.43, at your earliest convenience, please provide a record of all building and/or property inspections conducted on any and all such buildings and/or properties owned, rented, leased or shared by any member of the Hillsboro City Administration, their respective spouse(s) or their LLCs – since Jan. 1, 2011.

Please include the date of the inspection, the inspector’s name, the reason for the inspection and the outcome thereof. Please provide a copy of any warrants issued thereto.

It is my preference to receive this information via email to roryeryan@gmail.com or by fax to (937) 840-9492. If you would prefer that I provide a flash drive or CD for copying purposes, please advise. Also, please advise of any costs related to this public records request.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Rory Ryan
Hillsboro taxpayer,
business owner and
property owner

Given the city’s lack of acknowledgment of the May 8 records request, I doubt there will be a response to today’s request.

In fact, unlike many of the recent building inspections and condemnations, I’m guessing there are no such records related to members of city council or the mayor’s administration. They are welcome to provide records to the contrary.

This is not over. Not by a long shot.

For a related column, go to https://highlandcountypress.com/Content/Opinions/Opinion/Article/UPDATED-II-Let-s-talk-about-stupid-/4/22/50476.

Rory Ryan is the publisher and owner of The Highland County Press.