To the Editor:
It looks like Village President Mark Kownick and the village of Cary have found a way to exploit a loophole when it comes to keeping their dealings with Pedcor Development private.
A recent Freedom of Information Act request for Kownick’s emails regarding Pedcor was missing a great deal of information. When this was brought to the attention of Village Administrator Chris Clark, his response was that in order to be subject to the FOIA, unless they are sent to a village staff member’s email address and discuss village business, emails sent from a personal email address are not subject to FOIA disclosure unless they are willingly provided by the sender.
Kownick regularly uses his personal email address to conduct village business. Any emails sent to his village email address are automatically forwarded to his AOL address, and his responses come from his AOL address. He has gone out of his way to conduct business via his personal email address, meaning that any correspondence between Kownick and Pedcor is kept private. Why would he do this if not to hide what he was doing?
Kownick has worked in secret too long. He claims he has nothing to hide, and then he takes extra steps so that his official emails are unavailable to the public. He needs to keep his public dealings public.