Lewis files FOIA request following censure

Brian E. Lewis

DOVER — Dover City Councilman Brian Lewis’s attorney filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the city clerk’s office on Tuesday.

City Council members censured Mr. Lewis in a 6-3 vote at the City Council meeting on Monday.

Mr. Lewis’s lawyer, Ronald Poloquin, was not allowed to make a presentation or speak on Mr. Lewis’ behalf during the discussion which preceded the council’s censure vote.

In a letter to the city clerk on Tuesday, Mr. Poloquin wrote:

“Dear Madam Clerk, At the October 9, 2017 City Council meeting, during the time set aside to discuss Item 9 on the agenda, when Councilman Fred Neil questioned President Slavin whether he confirmed all of the facts stated in Proposed Resolution No. 2017-13, (City Council) President (Tim) Slavin replied in the affirmative. Pursuant to that statement I am requesting the following records:”

The records Mr. Poliquin requested include: All documents which demonstrate President Slavin confirmed the allegations contained in the proposed censure request; all documents concerning communications from council or city employees about the proposed censure and all documents including, but not limited to, notes, memoranda, correspondence, drafts and phone messages, related to any allegations contained in the censure request.

Mr. Poliquin also requested any documents that were referred to, used or relied upon in preparing the proposed censure; all documents in your possession, custody or control which refer to or relate to the identity of any individuals involved in drafting Resolution No. 2017-13 (proposed censure) and all documents in your possession, custody or control which refer or relate to any prior drafts of the proposed censure.

Mr. Poliquin wrote, “If any part of this Request is deemed to be outside of the Freedom of Information Act, I request the information not disputed be submitted as soon as possible and the City provide a basis for denying and of the above requests.”

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