Hall County (GA) contracts/MOUs re: North Georgia Detention Center

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Hall County (GA) of Hall County, GA .
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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 Hall County (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: Katie Crumley (Administration)

Good morning,

All Open Records Requests are filled by the Commission Clerk Lisa Ritchie. I have cc-ed her on this request, however, she is on vacation this week and will not return until Monday, Dec. 29th.

Thank you,

Katie Crumley
Public Information Officer
Hall County Government
Office: 770-297-5504
Cell: 678-478-7605
kcrumley@hallcounty.org<mailto:kcrumley@hallcounty.org>
www.hallcounty.org<http://www.hallcounty.org/>
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From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Crumley,

Thank you very much for your message. I will follow up with Ms. Ritchie on this and future requests.

I hope you have a lovely new year,
Beryl

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Ritchie,

I've been advised to direct this public records request to your attention. Please let me know if any clarification is necessary!

Best wishes for 2015,
Beryl

From: Lisa Ritchie (Administration)

Good Afternoon.

The charge to process your request is less than 150.00.

Please let me know if you would like for me to proceed. If you let me know today, I can have the information ready by or before Wednesday, January 14.
Thanks,
Lisa

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Ritchie,

Thank you very much for your message and apologies for the delay in my response. Could you please clarify what materials I can expect to receive and provide a rough estimate for how much the fee will be?

Best wishes,
Beryl

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on Dec. 21, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Lisa Ritchie (Administration)

Good Morning.

I apologize for the delay in my response. I have been looking further into your request and have since found that the North Georgia Detention Center is not in operation and there will not be many documents responsive to your request.

The Sheriff’s Department or myself will contact you later today with an updated approximation of the cost.

Thanks,
Lisa

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Hall County Board of Commission Clerk
770-718-5713
Hall County Government
PO Box 1435
Gainesville, Georgia 30503
770-718-5713 (office)
770-531-3972 (fax)
www.hallcounty.org<http://www.hallcounty.org/>
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From: Lisa Ritchie (Administration)

Hi.

North Georgia Detention Center is not a Hall County operation. Hall County leased the building to Corrections Corporation of America.

The only documents that Hall County will have is the an agreement between Hall County Sheriff’s Office and CCA, a Memorandum of Understand, a few letters, and probably a lease agreement. I won’t know, exactly, until I actually begin to fill the request.

The approximate cost is $50.00.

Please let me know if you want me to proceed.

Thank you,
Lisa

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Ritchie,

Do you have any sense for whether there would be materials related to the initiation of the lease? For example, if Hall County released an RFP or other bidding notification to which CCA responded?

Thank you!
Beryl

From: Lisa Ritchie (Administration)

I do not. I won’t know until I start retrieving records.

Please let me know if you want me to proceed.
Thanks,
Lisa

From: Beryl Lipton

Hello Ms. Ritchie,

I would like you to proceed with this request. I'm interested in everything regarding North Georgia Detention Center, including any MOUs that may have been entered into with U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement or other operators at the prison, so if you could let me know about any anticipated adjustment to the associated fees, I would really appreciate it.

Thank you very much!
Beryl

From: Lisa Ritchie (Administration)

Thank you. I will get your documents together and give you a firm price as soon as possible. I will be out of the office on Monday and Tuesday.

I will have the documents to you by Friday, 2/27.

Please let me know if you have any concerns.

Thank you,
Lisa

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Lisa,

Thank you very much for your message. I look forward to hearing from you again.

Best,
Beryl

From: Lisa Ritchie (Administration)

Good Afternoon Mr. Lipton.

I wanted to give you an update to let you know that the documents will not be ready today as I originally told you. I apologize for the delays. We have had bad weather here.

I do have the majority together. I should have it all ready by Tuesday afternoon.

Please let me know if you need any further information.

Thanks,
Lisa

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Hall County Board of Commission Clerk
770-718-5713
Hall County Government
PO Box 1435
Gainesville, Georgia 30503
770-718-5713 (office)
770-531-3972 (fax)
www.hallcounty.org<http://www.hallcounty.org/>
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From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Lisa,

Thank you so much for the update! I really appreciate it.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Best,
Beryl

From: Lisa Ritchie (Administration)

Hi Mr. Lipton.

Your documents are ready. The total cost is 36.85.

What is your delivery preference? I see that you are located out of Boston.

I can mail, fax, or scan and send.
Thanks,
Lisa

From: Beryl Lipton

Hi Lisa,

Thank you for your message! I would prefer to have the documents emailed; would that be okay?

Also, to whom should I make out the check and to which address should I send it?

Thank you!
Beryl

From: Lisa Ritchie (Administration)

Mr. Lipton,

Please see the information regarding the North Georgia Detention Center, attached.

An invoice with payment information is included.

Thank you,
Lisa

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Hall County Board of Commission Clerk
770-718-5713
Hall County Government
PO Box 1435
Gainesville, Georgia 30503
770-718-5713 (office)
770-531-3972 (fax)
www.hallcounty.org<http://www.hallcounty.org/>
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From: MuckRock

To Whom It May Concern:

Please find enclosed a check for $36.85 to satisfy the fee associated with the attached public records request.

Thank you.

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