Judge’s ruling pending on Casco FOA request

By Dawn De Busk

Staff Writer

CASCO — As of Wednesday morning, a Superior Court judge had not issued a ruling on a case involving the Town of Casco and Freedom of Information Act (FOA) requests.

Casco resident Jeannine Oren brought the civil case against the town to the Portland-based court; and a Superior Court judge heard the case last Wednesday.

According to Casco Town Manager Dave Morton, Oren had used the FOA to request a copy of the auditor’s worksheets from a recent town audit.

The company Purdy Powers provided the audit report for the town.

When the FOA request was made, Morton had responded to Oren — as is required by law.

His response was that the town did not have copies of the auditor’s worksheets, and that paperwork was the property of Purdy Powers.

According to the FOA laws in the State of Maine, a municipality is not required to generate additional paperwork or information — if it is not already available in some readable or video-taped format.

Morton said he expects the judge’s ruling in the near future.

“It could be tomorrow. It could be two weeks from now,” he said, adding the judge was also presiding over a murder case.

“The conundrum is: If the judge rules in the favor of Jeannine Oren, our auditor from Purdy Powers has said there are no auditor’s worksheets to hand over.”

Late last month, members of the Casco Board of Selectmen had received subpoenas to appear in Superior Court on Aug. 8.

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