Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Seven of Nine
Who or what is Seven of Nine?
A. The hot babe on Star Trek Voyager.
B. The number of City Councilors who may have violated open meeting laws.
C. All of the above.
It seems like our City Council has gone amiss of the open meeting laws. The Herald News reports that 7 of our city councilors, state officials, and Mayor Correia met to discuss the controversial Watuppa Heights plan. The housing authority executive director, Tom Collins, said the meeting allowed for more city councilors to be involved than would be in the subcommitee, but the fact that the meeting is private would seem to be a clear violation of the open meeting laws.
See page 1 section II of the linked document.
Perhaps I'm jumping to conclusions but this seems pretty cut and dry to me. If I'm wrong somebody please explain it to me, because I can't figure out how this group with their combined experience, could make this mistake. I knew this wasn't the first time that our council has had issues with these pesky open meeting laws. In September of 2007 local filmmaker Jason Caminiti was prevented from taping a city council meeting in direct violation of Massachusetts open meeting laws. I had to laugh when I realized this last incidient was almost exactly a year ago!