Beaver County Commissioners will not be approving any of the meeting minutes from their public work sessions for 2017 to date. The decision comes after it was discovered that unauthorized and inaccurate changes had been made to the minutes without the knowledge of the Board.

Although Chief Clerk Cynthia Cook had been keeping minutes of the Commissioners’ work sessions throughout the year as required, the Board failed to formally adopt those minutes at each subsequent meeting. Alterations to the public work session minutes were discovered in October after the Beaver Countian obtained a copy of all minutes for 2017 in response to a Right-To-Know request. All three County Commissioners told the Beaver Countian they did not authorize or know that the changes had been made, and all three of the Commissioners’ administrative assistants — including the Chief Clerk — also insisted they were not the ones who modified the records.

Minutes from a May 31st meeting did not accurately reflect a question-and-answer exchange between the Beaver Countian and Commissioner Tony Amadio about Friendship Ridge and former County Solicitor Joseph Askar, and were modified after being reviewed by the Board to include additional inaccurate information.

Commissioners had originally planned to cast a single vote to approve the 40 separate sets of weekly minutes, but Chief County Solicitor Garen Fedeles said the Board has now decided against the measure because the integrity of those meeting minutes is in question.

“The previous minutes will be unofficial meeting minutes and moving forward they will be put on the agenda as they come up,” said Fedeles.

Solicitor Fedeles said his office has been in contact with the county’s Information Technology Department to beef up security of the files, “We have also been working with the IT department as far as securing a way for the Chief Clerk to be able to put minutes on their computer that no one would have access to except for the Chief Clerk.”

Previously, all employees working in the Commissioner’s Office, the Law Department, and the Information Technology Department, had access to the digital meeting minute files.

County officials say no further action is expected to be taken in the matter and declined to elaborate further for this report.

52 COMMENTS

  1. So there’s a fox in the henhouse, and it’s all just dandy? No investigation, no prosecution, and no cleaning out the criminals. Nice – real nice.

     
  2. COLLECTIVELY AS A WHOLE, THE CURRENT BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST SHIT SHOW OF MISMANAGEMENT AND POLITICAL BLUNDERS SINCE TAKING OFFICE.

    CHANGE WAS NEEDED, BUT WHAT WE GOT AS TAXPAYERS ARE 3 OF THE MOST CLUELESS UNPROFESSIONAL FINGER POINTING CHILDREN RUINING COUNTY GOVERNMENT.

    The last board needed to go that started this mess, this board only made it worse.

    TIC
    TAC
    TOE
    ALL 3 IN THE ROW, GOT TO GO MOTTO 2019

     
  3. Beef up security? Is that a fucking joke? Find out who altered the records and put him in charge of security in the IT Dept, because he is obviously more knowledgeable than the current people in that Dept. As usual, forget about it and take the easy road and sweep it under the rug. Next election, EVERYBODY IS OUT!!!

     
    • EXACTLEY! ALTERING GOVERNMENT RECORDS IS A CRIME, A VERY SERIOUS CRIME! EVERYTHING ON EVERY COMPUTER IN THAT COURTHOUSE IS A GOVERNMENT RECORD AND BELONGS TO THE TAXPAYERS! EVEN EMAILS!

       
    • Report it to The Security Exchange Commission. The minutes are part of Corporation rules. If they reject them it means they have none and the corporation is in default. Not only the records but all of the Corporations activities will be investigated for corrupt organization activities as well by the feds.

       
  4. Newest The Onion Story:

    “Local two-faced politicians approve a second, alternative set of minutes to their meetings. ”

    Truth is often stranger than fiction. Especially in Beaver County, Pa.

     
  5. I’m sure that by now the culprit has been identified. It’s not rocket science. Obviously people are covering their asses. It is unacceptable to just drop the matter. I am angry as hell. The feeling that there’s nothing you can do about it absolutely sucks! Damn it do your jobs!!! Every single one of you should be replaced.

     
  6. JP, are you continuing with your right to know request for the list of people who altered the minutes? I’m disappointed in Sandie for not setting the record straight and exposing the culprit. It wasn’t a “slip.” Someone made the change. They may have manipulated someone else to enter the change, but someone made it.

     
  7. I see it’s still business as usual down at the Beaver County Shithouse.
    Lets face it, the dumbing down of Beaver County is now complete.
    Dickhead Dirtwall and Debbie Downer Decastrat?! Dumbed Down Beaver County.
    Hamilton?! Dumbed Down Beaver Boro.

     
  8. What about criminal prosecution of the individual / individuals responsible for this criminal act against the people of Beaver County.

     
  9. County “officials” say no further action is expected to be taken in the matter and declined to elaborate further for this report.
    THEIR FUCKING ARROGANCE IS OUT OF CONTROL!!!…THERE NEEDS TO BE A FULL BLOWN INVESTIGATION BY STATE AND FEDERAL AUTHORITIES….BUT AS USUAL …NOTHING WILL HAPPEN TO ANY OF THE PARTIES RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS.. THE SWAMP DESPERATELY NEEDS DRAINING…THIS COMING ELECTION…GET RID OF ALL OF THEM..

     
  10. Inaction certainly indicates they are aware who altered the records, but that culprit being a member of the courthouse “family” remains untouchable. I suppose they have much more important details to work out namely the Christmas party.

     
  11. I would certainly think that there would be a digital trail leading to exactly who was logged in and made those changes. Obviously they know who did it. If something this blatant is being covered up… Just imagine what we don’t know being covered up. How do we as Beaver County citizens and taxpayers force follow through on this… and what do they mean by beading up security? So so disheartening. A county that I used to be proud to call home… represented and lead by such corrupt and dishonest people. So sad…

     
  12. I wonder if the Beaver County Rag (Times) will publish what went down?? The people of Beaver County needs to know some of the shit these 3 Commissioners are pulling! Remember at Election time, folks! They need to go!!!!

     
    • Many steadfast voters in beaver county are not computer-literate and rely only on the BC times and WBVP for their local news. They are from the old-school of name-recognition at the polls. This has to change. I wonder how many readers and commenters of the Beaver Countian even vote at all. JP is the best thing that has ever happened to county politics. It is a joy to watch him work his craft.

       
  13. John Q Taxpayer come on man, clean it up. John Paul/Beaver Countian is proving to be the our go to news source. Every chance I get I promote the Beaver Countian. You have many good points but are becoming one of those stereotypical nameless assholes. I don’t like to lecture, I hope you know where I’m going.
    EVERYBODY IS OUT!!!
    In my opinion Hamilton is more than a figurehead. He is a fuck head.
    Hey Camp, put some fucking socks on.
    After it cooled off it went back to the old way and we get fucked.
    He is far from smart. He is mentally defected.
    I hope Cicco takes you sick fucks to the cleaners.
    I wouldn’t let that bald headed bastard wax my car.
    YOU ARE OUT !!!
    He is a devoted horses ass.

     
    • ps. and you are not always right-VOTE BILL BRASLAWSCE FOR JUDGE!
      Result-DEBORAH LANCOS DECOSTRO (DEM). . . . 15,494 31.42
      MITCHELL P. SHAHEN (DEM/REP) . . . . 19,757 40.06
      WILLIAM M. BRASLAWSCE (REP) . . . . 13,965 28.32

       
    • Listed above are the posts of John Q.
      My point, for someone who posts as often as JQ does, I feel it’s an unnecessary way to get ones point across. The thumbs down? That’s OK, I just wish it didn’t have to be so overdone.

       
    • Tomato- You certainly have the right of free speech to express your opinion the same as anyone else. And no, I am not always right. I do not claim to be elegant or royal, but a common middle class taxpayer that resents the manner in which county officials abuse the position and their treatment of the residents of this county. It makes me angry and it should make every taxpayer angry that they get away with this malfeasance and nothing is ever done about it. Therefore I express my opinion as I would sitting in a coffee shop discussing the issues with other angry taxpayers. I do respect your opinion about me and my style as I do all commenters.

       
    • One more thing Tomato, none of the thumbs down votes on your comments are from me. I do not give anyone thumbs down votes because I feel they are entitled to their own opinion. I do give thumbs up votes if I agree with the comment.

       
  14. Apparently those numerous posts get passed over by others too. Keep posting, look who won the races. Not Benyo, Not Braslawsce, Not Cashdollar and not Miller for the MDJ race.

     
      • WTF, WTF … know what you are talking about prior to being a dick
        TOWNSHIP COMMISSIONER ROCHESTER TWP
        THOMAS SUMMERS (DEM). . . . . . . 282 33.85
        DEBBIE PFEIFER (DEM/REP) . . . . . 306 36.73
        GERALD V. BENYO JR (REP) . . . . . 244 29.29

         
  15. As long as Beaver County has had Courthouse “family” DA’s, no one has ever been convicted in that Courthouse, and no one ever will be. The guilty person will just say “mea culpa” as he/she was just trying to innocently make the bungled record accurate, and botched it. So, chalk this up to experience and move on.

    There is one possible answer, though.

    Cut out the middle man, or woman, in the meeting speech transcription. The problem here is the gap between the meeting and the text transcription from notes or recordings. Speech to text software is available for Multiple-Voice Recognition Recording of conferences\meetings with an automatic Voice to Text System — computer software plus microphones. It costs about $1300 to $2000. It operates at better than 90 to 95 percent accuracy. So, use it and proof the text immediately afterward, by comparing it to audio recordings and/or notes. Revise it in Word as it is proofed. Or, use it as a backup to the note-taking.

    I have been using individual Dragon Naturally Speaking by Nuance for 20 years. (What? You think I type all this stuff?) But, buying the multiple voice/text software is less trouble than a detective investigating the IT files for a year, then Lozier explaining why the culprit did not have anything personal to gain from the crime, and must go free.

    My suggestion? Google the available speech-to text-programs, or just go to this link and browse.

    http://www.martelelectronics.com/worlds-first-multiple-voice-recognition-recorder-conferences-meetings-automatic-voice-to-text-system/

     
    • I think that’s a good idea Raven. The best thing about it would be that the speech-text conversion will be a complete record and not selective. The other thing is it is able to be reviewed at anytime and will be accurate.

       
      • It all goes into a word processing program like Word, or one of choice, etc., where it can be read at someone’s leisure, in this case, the transcriptionist. So, it can be proofed as it is read, with all the usual editing functions available, from spelling errors to paragraph deletions. So, in my book, more words are less trouble. Actually, the summary note-taking approach leaves much out. There would always be an original, to be saved for posterity long after these three people are gone. The software also updates itself, and adapts to the lingo of the speakers and the vocabulary of the subject at hand. A best case scenario would be that the speakers could view what they are saying simultaneously on a monitor in the room. Creepy, eh?

         
  16. Hey Mr. Lozier, a thought just came to mind. What ever happened to the Ultimate Tans investigation? Just the hell with all the victims huh? They aren’t worth your time?

     
  17. So, is there an actual plan on trying to verify, and then vote on and ratify what minutes they do have? Is this going to be handled the same was as the county budget, where there is a lot of talking, finger pointing, blaming of others, and absolutely no action? Unaccepted minutes or records of the past meetings seems to be an easy upcoming scapegoat or excuse for their future incompetence. When a subject comes up, all the three stooges.. I mean commissioners has to say is “We never discussed that, or That’s not how I remember it” because they can claim the previous minutes could be or have been tampered with. I do like the idea stated above of a recording system installed and used. Audio and or audio/video evidence is very hard to deny.

     
  18. Does the Law Department have an opinion on this situation, or is it case closed and let’s move onto the next important topic, the Christmas party.

     
  19. Excuse my ignorance, but isn’t every meeting supposed to open up with the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting, then adopted, as JP mentioned above? No one there knows this? I might give Camp and Egley a slight pass for being rookies, but hasn’t Amadio been there forever? I agree with Raven’s suggestion but is there any money left? How about a Tape Recorder, I might have one hanging out in the basement? I think it even has rewind and fast forward buttons.

     
  20. Joe Askar: Did you or an agent of yours acting on your behalf add the “correction” to the minutes? Yes or no?

    Tony Amadio: Did you or an agent of yours acting on your behalf add the “correction” to the minutes? Yes or no?

    Do you know who did? Yes or no?

    For Lozier’s benefit: Was it a quid pro quo?

    See, that wasn’t hard, was it?

     
  21. This story is about unauthorized alterations to government records. I am not an attorney or a political analyst but I don’t think that anyone can give authorization to alter or tamper with government records. That is a crime. The records are what they are, and that’s it.

     
  22. John Q Taxpayer- 9 comments, 7 relating to this BC article and , so far. When you gave Raven a pat on the back concerning his suggestion on voice to text, why don’t one of you or a surrogate take this suggestion to the commissioners? As a common middle class taxpayer that resents the manner in which county officials abuse the position and their treatment of the residents of this county, Is it possible for you to attend the commissioners meetings ? There you can raise these issue of abuse and ask for answers, and offer your suggestions. Or do you feel commenting here, or discussion over coffee best helps to make a difference?

     
  23. At our Professional meetings the secretary reads the minutes from the preceding meeting, the president asks if there are any additions or corrections, then asks for a vote to accept the reading of the minutes.

     
  24. Little red tomato: No need to inform them. They read these articles, even if it’s hiding in a closet with a flashlight to avoid detection.

    And I’ll take a wild guess. The culprit is already known to the BC, and people are covering their tracks like Indians in the woods. Stay tuned.

     
  25. The ONLY thing that changes down at the Beaver County Shithouse is the date on the calendar and the time on the clocks. Same shit, different day, different time.

     

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