Springfield Alderman Joe McMenamin says he is not surprised the city came out on the losing end of the stick. A judge has ruled the city again violated the Open Meetings Act.
“The city went behind closed doors to discuss the potential privatization of Oak Ridge Cemetery. He said “Lets go behind closed doors. I want to keep this quiet for 24 hours so I can talk to the employees there’ ” according to McMenamin.
Attorney Don Craven, representing reporter Bruce Rushton, says the council and mayor did, in fact,violate law and it isn’t the first time. Craven says the city has been ordered to release the audio and transcripts of that executive session and to pay Rushton’s attorney fees.