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Another Violation of Open Meeting Act by City?
Another Violation of Open Meeting Act by City?

It appears the City of Springfield may be heading to court – again – Alderman Joe McMenamin says the city may be getting sued once again for violating the Open Meetings Act.  He alledges that the mayor and council should not have met in Executive Session to discuss a possible privatization  of Oak Ridge Cemetary.

In that meeting last week, McMenamin says Mayor Houston presented the concept and asked alderman to not speak to anyone for 24 hours.  Some aldermen at this past week’s Committee-of-the-Whole meeting say that was the first time they were told of the idea.  City Budget Director Bill McCarty says Houston took two trips to Stonemor-operated properties several weeks ago.

McMenamin alleges that the mayor and council should not have met in Executive Session to discuss a possible privatization  of Oak Ridge Cemetary. He says he plans to submit an ordinance authorizing the release of the meeting minutes

In that meeting last week, McMenamin says Mayor Houston presented the concept and asked alderman to not speak to anyone for 24 hours.  Some aldermen at this past week’s Committee-of-the-Whole meeting say that was the first time they were told of the idea.  City Budget Director Bill McCarty says Houston took two trips to Stonemor-operated properties several weeks ago.