Gainesville, GA contracts/MOUs re: North Georgia Detention Center

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the City of Gainesville, Georgia of Gainesville, GA.
Tracking # 2014-746
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Georgia Open Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

All contracts (and their amendments) and memorandums of understanding entered into by the City of Gainesville, Georgia for services and activities related to the North Georgia Detention Center (https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/north-georgia-detention-center)

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Beryl C.D. Lipton

From: Jesica Zapata

Good Afternoon,

I am in receipt of your request below. Please see the attached response in regards to your request. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
Regards,

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Zapata,

I would like to revisit this request. Could I please amend it to reflect the following language? Also, could you indicate the types of materials that will be provided?

Thanks so much for your patience!
Beryl

All contracts (and their amendments), memorandums of understanding, intergovernmental service agreements, and any agreements of any sort entered into by Gainesville, GA for all services, equipment, and activities involving/provided by/contracted for regarding North Georgia Detention Center and any facilities associated with it through any of the aforementioned agreements regarding the facility.

Responsive materials should include but not be limited to:

• the initial Invitation to Bid, Request for Proposal, or equivalent call for contractors
• the responsive materials provided by the winning bidder
• all other vendor responses
• all evaluation material, scorecards, reports, and notes generated in the selection process
• the current contract
• all exhibits
• all amendments
• all invoices/receipts detailing compensation received as a result of any agreements
• all agreements related to the provision of services, such as water and sewage
• all financial agreements (such as loans or bonds) entered into as a result or in association with any of the aforementioned agreements

From: Jesica Zapata

Good Afternoon,

In regards to your amended request below. We are needing more information. The Detention center is currently vacant, however we do lease one part of the Jail to the Hall County Sheriff’s office. Are you wanting all records that corresponds to the lease we have with the Hall County Sheriff’s office or are you needing records regarding all leases/contract we have had in the past before this was vacant ? If so, we can already estimate this request to reach past $200.00 or more for the time our Finance department is going to need to do research for all of the records regarding this location and the copies for these documents. Please advise as to how you would like to proceed.

Thank you

Jesica Zapata
Records Specialist
City of Gainesville
Phone:770-535-6864
Fax: 770-535-6896

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Zapata,

Thank you very much for your message. I'd be interested in all current materials that involve any sort of monetary transactions, i.e. bond agreements, the current lease, etc. Would that sufficiently narrow this request?

Thanks again,
Beryl

From: Jesica Zapata

Sorry for being difficult but as in current do you the past month or 12 months ? and also the most recent bond agreement was done in 2012 regarding ICE who was occupying the jail at the time, but has since vacated the jail. No other bond agreement has been done since. Do you want a copy of this agreement ?

Jesica Zapata
Records Specialist
City of Gainesville
Phone:770-535-6864
Fax: 770-535-6896

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Zapata,

Thanks so much for your help and your request for clarification. I would be happy to receive all materials that were current in the past 12 months, in addition to the expired bond agreement, any other such bond agreements, and any ongoing costs related to the facility.

Please let me know if there's anything else I can do. I really appreciate all of your time.

Best,
Beryl

From: Jesica Zapata

Good Afternoon,

Please see the estimated cost to produce the records requested. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Regards,

Jesica Zapata
Records Specialist
City of Gainesville
Phone:770-535-6864
Fax: 770-535-6896

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