WECRD Malware - One Month

Last edited on April 21, 2017

As of April 21, 2017, the Western Elmore County Recreation District (WECRD) continues to serve up possible malware to the residents and taxpayers of the county even after I notified one of the two elected directors of the problem on February 28 and again on March 29, 2017.

Six weeks of broken


Previous story: https://timbondy.blogspot.com/2017/03/elmore-county-taxing-district-web-fail.html

Transparency Is Why It Matters / Why It's Broken Matters

Who cares if a local taxing district has a broken and potentially dangerous website? Who cares if the directors of that taxing district cannot (or worse, won't) update their website? The taxpayers care. At least this taxpayer.

Browser URL Address Bar on April 21, 2017


The taxpayers have paid to have that website constructed and some of us would like updated information posted on that platform. Criminy, they don't even post their monthly/special meeting agendas on the website. Instead, the directors do the absolute minimum required by law by taping a paper copy of the upcoming agenda on their office window.

See a photo from Tuesday, April 18, 2017: https://goo.gl/photos/HbMXzr7Dco4pAVGLA

"The absolute minimum is what they do? But they won the election with landslide stats. Wow!" - Tim Bondy

Almost every action or decision this taxing district has made since January 4, 2016 has been either contentious or played out badly in the public eye. If for no other reason, you'd think the two directors would want to maintain an air of transparency and show the public they are doing what it takes to keep things in good working order. Alas, they haven't even posted meeting minutes on the website since July 2016, or nine months ago. Who cares? I care.

We care


E-mail Received/Sent on March 29, 2017

Thanks Tim. I can't begin to tell you how frustrated I am that this is dragging on for so long. I'll keep your offer in mind.

Art [Art Nelson, WECRD Director]

On Mar 29, 2017, at 2:05 PM, Tim Bondy <timbondy@xxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx> wrote:

Mr. Art Nelson:
As of 1:45 P.M. on March 29, 2017, I was still encountering a malware notice while using the Chrome browser at the wecrd.org website. If you would like to discuss contracting with me, I can create a malware-free website that may be more "Directors" friendly for posting stories. See the attachment for a screenshot from today. Thanks, Tim Bondy



What a Chrome Browser screen looks like when going to www.wecrd.org



Summary

The WECRD directors have let their taxpayer funded website lapse into a dangerous and unusable condition. They were notified six weeks ago that the website was broken and offered a viable solution. One director is frustrated the website is malware-ridden, but it appears they didn't bother to put the issue on their April 19, 2017, monthly meeting agenda. In my opinion, in this current information age, to go 42 days (six weeks) with a broken website is irresponsible. Not caring or not bothering means the directors have given up.

'Not bothering' ...  that isn't the best trait of an individual who fought hard to get elected to fix things.

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Originally published on April 21, 2017.


Thanks,


Tim Bondy
Freelance Writer & Citizen Journalist


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