Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BRA lawyer bills $3.5K for Open Records Request

Invoices on e-files prove $6.9 mil in bond $ spent

The chief lawyer for the Brazos River Authority responded to
a Texas Open Records Act request by The Legendary and Darren
Yancy with a whopping bill for $3,602 to obtain 2 CD's with
973 invoices on them and 35 hard copies of invoices.

The billalso includes $3,000 for 200 hours to "locate,
compile and scan" the records.

The records indicate $6,933,243.33 in allocated bond money
was spent to maintain the Morris Sheppard Dam at Possum
Kingdom Reservoir up to Federal Electrical Regulatory
Commission standards.

As disclosed earlier in BRA year end reports and in these
columns, the hydroelectric plant was taken off-line due to
is economic unfeasibility, resulting in a lawsuit between
BRA and Brazos Electric Power Cooperative for a breach of
contract to provide a half million dollars per year in
electrical power. The suit is pending in 414th State
District Court in Waco at this time.

Mr. Riley Woods, senior staff counsel for the Authority,
cited Texas Govt. Code Chapt. 552 as his authority to charge
the money. If we don't put up a deposit within 10 days, the
request is considered withdrawn by default.

The only recourse is to file a complaint with the Attorney
General. We're on our way.

Watch these columns for further progress.

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