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Somerset Freeholders questioned on closed meeting practice
 

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January 31, 2014 Hon. Patrick Scaglione, Director, and members of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders (via e-mail only to Quick@co.somerset.nj.us) Dear Director Scaglione and Board members: In response to my Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request, I obtained the minutes of five of the Board\'s recent nonpublic (executive or closed) meetings. For your ready reference, I have placed those minutes on-line here. Several of the matter discussed do not appears to fall within any of the N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b) exceptions. As you are aware, the Open Public Meetings Act requires all Board discussion to be held at a public meeting unless one or more of the N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b) exceptions, construed strictly against closure, apply. Following is a list of some of the topics that I believe could have been discussed with the public in attendance. For each, I ask that you either agree that the Board ought to have discussed the topic in public or provide a justification as to why the topic was discussed in private. Police Academy (10/22/13) Green Brook Flood Control (11/26/13) Solar Renewable Energy Credit Market (12/10/13) 2014 Somerset Patriots Fireworks schedule (12/10/13) Transportation Services (12/10/13) Hiring process for for Sheriff\'s Officers (12/10/13) (Note: N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b)(8) allows private discussions regarding specific employees. This appears to be a discussion about cost concerns associated with hiring delays.) E-cigarette smoking policy (01/14/14). Thank you very much for your attention to this matter. I look forward to your response. Very truly yours,

 

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New Jersey Libertarian Party Open Government Advocacy Project: Somerset Freeholders questioned on closed meeting practice. January 31, 2014.
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