Open Meetings Law

A few residents have discussed gathering signatures in order to force a public vote on the bond that could be up to $2.75 million for building upgrades.

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"When did you guys discuss this?" a citizen asked the council members who plan to borrow for a multi-million-dollar project; we urge residents to petition for a permissive referendum.

The clarifications to ethics board procedures discussed with the town's attorney had the overarching goals of keeping the length and cost of investigations down and included the question of whether or not and how defendants should be reimbursed for attorney's fees.

School board member Vasilios Lefkaditis said his calculations showed a more grim outlook for the school's future budget decisions than administrators had presented. The agreement with Berne-Knox-Westerlo Teacher Support Staff was approved with three out of five in favor.

Knox Supervisor Michael Hammond defended his practice of compiling his own schedule of business during meetings, saying he makes it available to the town clerk the day before and often gets requests and correspondence in a narrow space of time.

Board members shouldn't hide behind a law; they should make clear and known what is appropriate for them to speak about publicly.

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