WFL questions to be answered

Monday, May 09, 2011

WFL questions to be answered

This evening is the Westhampton Beach School District's Budget Hearing at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium, followed by the regular School Board Meeting at 8:00 pm.

Coincident with that Budget Hearing will be one for Westhampton Free Library and those people have some questions to answer.

(WFL's operating budget will appear as a proposition on the School District ballot.)


Who is Total Computer Group and what is their relationship with WFL Trustee Hank Tucker that he felt the need to abstain from a vote involving them at WFL's Trustee meeting of April 20, 2010?

More importantly, why was TCG's contract let without apparent competitive bid? If there was not such a bid process, it would be a violation of bond requirements, and more fundamental­ly, of the regulations under which WFL oper­ations are funded with tax dollars through the School District.

Given the likelihood that the value of the integration contract being worth more than $100k+, why were they not so listed in the IRS Form 990?


Why is WFL donating our tax dollars to other non-profits such as LongHouse Re­serve of East Hampton? Whose idea was that?

(Listed under the $500-999 contributors.)


Why is a Government grant of $134,188 missing from Schedule B of Form 990?

Schedule B is supposed to detail gifts, grants, and bequests of money and/or property, and since WFL passes the greater than 33% test of public support, it must...

  1. check off the correct box;
  2. report ALL contributions over what amounts to $3789 in aggregate from each source.

It lists only two contributions: $18,500 from Friends of the Westhampton Free Library, and $10,000 from the Leo Walsh Foundation.

It doesn't matter that it's from the Govern­ment. It's still considered a contribution and is supposed to be included on the reporting form.

Far more disconcerting: according to the WFL July/August 2010 newsletter, they received what had to be at least $130,000 in contribu­tions for "building enhancements."

It unequivocally states, however, that all have been "given to date" (meaning that these were in hand and not merely committed), and at least four of those gifts were well over the Schedule B reporting threshold.

Yet three of those four are missing from that Schedule B.

In order for this to have been entirely above-board, those three gifts (two for $50,000 and one for $10,000) would had to have been handed to WFL no earlier than July 1st, 2010, and WFL will have to prove that.

No matter what they come up with, the total amount of individual contributions will not rec­oncile with page 11 of the FY'10 audit, where gifts to the building enhancement fund are (theoretically) noted.

We're not "just quibbling about pennies" here, as WFL Trustee Joan Levan infamously said in her role of Incorporated Village of Westhamp­ton Beach Trustee.

It's a matter of ethical fiscal leadership.

It's about the transparency we require for the use of our tax dollars.

And these only scratch the surface of what needs to be addressed.

Both votes will be held Tuesday, May 18th in the High School Large Group Instruction room behind the High School Auditorium from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.


1. EastEnd68 said...

Total Computer Group provides software programs for law enforcement. They have no prior relationships with libraries – strange.

There must be some connection there which would cause Tucker to abstain from the vote. But the important point is that they did not become a vendor through the competitive bidding process.

2. Who Said That?! said...

Thank you, Dean, for keeping us informed.

OtBB is not without its resources.
– Dean

3. Hambone said...

The first link is Total Enforcement which is an odd duck. You need to Click on the brochure link and see that they do the very run of the mill "outsourced IT:"

  • Spyware Protection and Removal
  • Virus Protection
  • Disk Drive Analysis
  • Security Patch Management
  • Application Usage
  • System Auditing
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery
Pretty benign. If it were specialized software than it maybe possible not to bid it out but this should have been. It is also possible someone else is using it.
Not sure what you mean by your last point, but as I've noted after meeting with WFL Director Bollerman this evening, he asserts that as an "Association," there is no requirement for competitive bidding.

4. Hambone said...

Sorry didn't mean to be cryptic.

The last line meant to suggest that Mr. Tucker might have a family member or be using this company's services. It's not uncommon in the search component of a project to ask around to see if anyone has familiarity using a particular product and to submit the name as a candidate.

Um, okay... upon information and belief, Tucker and his brother were principals in a computer software company. Don't know any of the details... however, it's suggestive.

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