Profile: 2 men with different interests in city operations
Kenneth Delonian, a representative of a Florida company that does data collection, regularly asks for figures from River Valley Transit.
Scott Miller, of 822 Tucker St., continually holds city officials’ feet to the fire for facts and figures.
Those were among two of the top writers of state Right-to-Know requests that were
filed in City Hall in 2017, according to Janice Frank, city clerk and right to know officer.
Delonian, a data acquisition specialist for a company called Smart Procure, of Deerfield, Florida, is among one of the more frequent requesters of information.
Attempts to reach Delonian were not successful, as he did not return telephone calls or emails, but he frequently asks for purchasing records, according to the clerk’s information.
Recently, Delonian sought “any and all purchasing records for River Valley Transit from 2013 to present.”
“He wants records for comparison reasons, I suppose,” said William E. Nichols Jr., city finance director and River Valley Transit general manager.
Nichols said his understanding is Delonian’s company does data collection as a means of finding the best price for a product or service for clients.
Records obtained by checking the city right-to-know files indicated the company files a request about every three months.
Nichols said the collection of data by the company is kept and then the company can provide other vendors with the precise figures.
As for Miller, he keeps the city clerk extra busy.
Miller said his requests are done for several reasons, but the most important is getting figures and facts that are the truth.
“Mostly, it is because you can’t get the truth from City Council and the mayor,” Miller said. “I get so tired of being told things that are not true or statements that lead you astray.”
He recently submitted a request to see who was cited or received written notices for not clearing their sidewalks of snow and ice.
“The city and mayor don’t respond to you when you ask a reasonable and responsible question,” Miller said. “I would love to get them in a court of law under oath under threat of perjury.”
A review of other requests by Miller indicated he’s asked questions about issues related to city employees and city contracts.
He often attends council meetings and speaks during the public comment periods.