The following questions were answered in email by Steve Feller on January 4, 2006.
- Question: "How many requests have been made for public access to the police video of the July 21, 2005 taser incident?" Answer: One request was received on October 17, 2005
- Question: "How much money (if any) has the township paid to lawyers to fight requests for the police video of the July 21, 2005 taser incident?" Answer: The legal bills for services to respond to the request totaled $1,278 for the months of October and November. Mt Lebanon has not yet received a legal bill for services rendered during the month of December.
- Question: "What is the name of the municipality's insurance company?" Answer: St. Paul Travelers Companies, Inc.
- Question: "What is the township's insurance deductible for something like a lawsuit (hypothetically speaking) in which the township loses and is forced to pay a settlement?" Answer: The deductible varies by the type of claim that is filed. However, most of the liability policies have a $25,000 per incident deductible.
- Question: "Would the township consider a citizen's suggestions for improving policies in general?" Answer: Yes
- Question: "Would the township consider a citizen's suggestions for improving the "use of the taser weapon policy" in a way that confirms whether those suggestions are adopted or not?" Answer: In letters to you dated September 20, 2005 and October 4, 2005, I answered some of your general questions concerning the taser policy, so theoretically it is possible that there could be suggestions made that we could confirm had been implemented. However, I also clearly stated in prior correspondence that the Use of Taser Weapon Policy is not available to the public as it is not a "public record" as defined under the Right to Know Act.
- Question: When the township settles legal matters out of court and agrees to make payments as part of the settlement and those payments are not covered by insurance, how does the payout get recorded in the municipality's budget? Answer: I cannot recall a settlement made since I became Manager in September 2001 that did not involve insurance coverage. However, if such a payment were made, it would be recorded as a liability against the operating fund in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.