UPDATE: The video of Tuesday, May 15th’s, EHS subcommittee meeting is available in three parts HERE.
Last night’s meeting of the Education and Human Services subcommittee lived up to expectations.
Among the revelations was the fact that the Attorney General’s office found the subcommittee to be in violation of the Open Meeting Law. The finding related to the meeting of August 2, 2011. In its report the Attorney General’s office determined that the subcommittee had failed to state there would be a discussion about Ann Beinema, even though the Chair reasonably anticipated one would occur.
The AG’s office did not find that the second complaint, that the subcommittee did not give Mrs. Beinema notice that her "reputation, conduct and character" would be discussed during an open session meeting on August 2, 2011, constituted a violation of the OML.
Another bombshell was the unsolicited admission by the town council chair that she had intervened in the case of a constituent who had received a ticket for violating the trash bylaw.
She indicated that in her opinion the ticket had been wrongfully issued and she made several phone calls and had it “taken care of”. This will no doubt outrage the forty or so first-time violators who have already paid the fines for the tickets that they received.
It has been reported that when one citizen indicated that he thought that this might constitute a violation of the law she responded by asking if he planned to handcuff her.
Another area of controversy was a confrontation with former Southbridge Cable TV Director Paul Zotos.
Again, the full text of the Attorney General’s decision can be found HERE.