Tuesday, January 11, 2005

DA: Williamstown board violated open meeting law

In Williamstown, Mass., Berkshire District Attorney David F. Capeless has found that four members of the Williamstown Planning Board violated the Massachusetts open meeting law by issuing a press release last November, the North Adams Transcript reports. The four members drafted the press release, in which they took a position on a public issue, through a series of phone calls and e-mails.

The district attorney "strongly admonished the board members not to conduct public business in private" and encouraged them to attend open meeting law training sessions hosted by his office this year "so they may better serve the interests of the community."

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