Monday, October 24, 2016

Did Local Commissioners Violate the Michigan Open Meetings Act?

AN ACT to require certain meetings of certain public bodies to be open to the public; to require notice and the keeping of minutes of meetings; to provide for enforcement; to provide for invalidation of governmental decisions under certain circumstances; to provide penalties; and to repeal certain acts and parts of acts.

Kevin Pirlot stood before the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners and questioned their decision to discuss "other" county matters during their Airport Committee meeting. What was more alarming was the fact that their public posting said it would be held in the "Commissioners Board Room - Courthouse" when in fact it was held somewhere at the airport according to the minutes posted.

  Below is the PUBLIC NOTICE of the Oct 5 meeting:

Next is the actual minutes from that meeting, note the location where this meeting was held:



Again... This was the AIRPORT COMMITTEE meeting and should have been used for only that agenda. Except when you look at the "other business" and see this:

It sure would have been nice for these commissioners to inform the voters in Dickinson County of the plans DHC were discussing, instead of dropping it our laps at the last moment and only because of a news article posted online.

ONE CAN ONLY HOPE THE DECISIONS OF VOTERS MADE ARE THE CORRECT CHOICES THIS YEAR..

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