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Clark sees no Open Meeting Law violation

Cable panel did not intend to hide minutes

October 20, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Cable Advisory Committee did not violate the state Open Meeting Law by neglecting to store meeting minutes with the town clerk, according to Town Manager Christopher Clark.

At the same time, Clark acknowledged, the minutes should have been filed with the clerk, where a resident would most likely ask for them.

"There was no ... intent to keep minutes away from the public for viewing," Clark wrote in a Wednesday, Oct. 6 letter to the complainant, James Sottile.

Sottile sees the issue differently.

"[Clark] said in the letter that they didn't realize that they were in violation," Sottile said.

Sottile, a frequent critic of local government, last month filed an Open Meeting Law complaint against the town, alleging the Cable Advisory Committee had not filed meeting minutes in the office. Sottile claimed the violation was intentional.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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