Topics: Open Meeting Law and Public Records Law

Charter Review Group At Odds Over Allegations CHATHAM – Members of the charter review committee are at odds over an allegation of Open Meeting Law violations, with some members finding the complaint valid while others calling it “garbage” and “preposterous.” “At no point in time has this committee in my opinion done anything except bend over backwards to try to adhere to open public process,” said committee...

AG's Office Finds No Open Meeting Law Violation

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The board of selectmen did not violate the state Open Meeting Law when it failed to conspicuously record the date and time of a revision to the notice for its Sept. 18 meeting, the Attorney General's Office has ruled. The decision issued by the Division of Open Government pointed out the board conceded it did not record the information cited in a complaint filed by Barnstable County Commissioner Rona...

Selectmen Respond To Open Meeting Law Complaints

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — Selectmen on Monday night rejected a charge by former board member Linda Cebula that they violated the Open Meeting Law last month. Cebula alleged the board violated the law by its agenda for the Nov. 13 meeting lacking “specificity” and a posting error for the board's interview/nomination subcommittee on Nov. 16. In the instance of the Nov. 13 meeting, Cebula stated selectmen provided “no indicat...

HARWICH — Selectmen received a public records request from Leo Cakounes Monday night seeking emails sent and received by W. Matthew Hart in his capacity as chairman of the Saquatucket Harbor development committee and the waterways committee. If the committees have been deliberating through email, that would be a violation of the state Open Meeting Law, Cakounes said. “It has come to my attention that Mr. Hart ...