District 3 County Commissioner Trudie Infantini said, “How can a copy of the non-disclosure be viewed yet the original may not be viewed because the confidentiality agreement is confidential? Really, what is the difference, so I ask why won’t the EDC show you the original? The fact the EDC had to contact Ms. Harr in England to obtain a copy of the document certainly raises questions that must be answered. Perhaps the EDC does not have the original.”
The EDC had previously provided a copy of the agreement to Brevard County Clerk of the Court Scott Ellis that had been faxed from England by BlueWare president Rose Harr.
Brevard Times sent the following request to EDC employees Dina Reider-Hicks and Adam Lowenstein. “Several times I have asked for a .pdf of the original non-disclosure agreement between BlueWare, Inc./BlueGem and the EDC. I have a .pdf of the faxed copy from England. There has been no response from your office regarding this request. Can you please tell me if there will be a response? Thank you.”
Reider-Hicks responded, “As we have addressed previously, EDC files are confidential.”
Ellis, who has been investigating the BlueWare digitizing deal since he was re-elected in November and who has also been trying to obtain documents from the EDC, said, “Now that is hilarious. How can the simple confidential agreement itself be confidential? It is the basis for all else. It's like double secret probation.”
BlueWare has a controversial contract with the Clerk’s office to digitize court records. Ellis has claimed in the past that the $8.7 million contract is a “sham.”
No other county commissioners responded to email requests for comment.
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