Patron Wages 15-Year Battle with Small Connecticut Library

Article excerpt

In the past year alone, an angry patron has filed some half-dozen complaints with the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission in an ongoing personal battle with the Ansonia Public Library that began in 1975. One of Nicholas B. Wynnick's most recent complaints was dismissed in May; another in July resulted in a warning to the library to file the minutes of its board meetings promptly.

Since 1975, library Director Jean Whalen has filled six pendaflex folders with the disgruntled patron's complaints to the FOIC. The complaints often center on procedural matters related to library board meetings, which Wynnick attends with a tape recorder, according to Whalen.

James Sheehy, attorney for the library, told AL of the July 11 complaint: "The commission ordered that the library comply with general statutes requiring that minutes of the board of directors meeting are filed promptly." Sheehy also said the commission "commended the board for its ongoing efforts to comply with FOI regulations."

"The commission dismissed the complaint of May 15," Sheehy added, "which was a request for a letter that Mr. Wynnick thought was circulated during a board meeting. …