Monday, September 21, 2009

“Secret Subject” vs “Disclosed Subject” – City vs County Agendas

IT’S THE FOIA LAW!

So this is my pet peeve – Roanoke County discloses the subject:

  1. Section 2.2.3711.A.1, personnel, namely discussion concerning appointments to the Building Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals, the Economic Development Authority and the Grievance Panel
  2. Section 2.2-3711.A.7. Consultation with legal counsel and briefings by staff regarding specific legal matters, namely South Peak Development, requiring the provision of legal advice by such counsel.

Roanoke City – is it Countryside? – I don’t think so because the three responders to the contract for management have not heard a word.

A communication from the City Manager requesting that Council convene in a Closed Meeting to discuss the award of a public contract involving the expenditure of public funds, and discussion of the terms or scope of such contract, where discussion in an open session would adversely affect ,the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the public body, pursuant to Section 2.2-371 1 (A)(29), Code of Virginia (1 950), as amended.

FOIA states clearly the subject be disclosed:

  • No closed meeting shall be held unless the public body proposing to convene such meeting has taken an affirmative recorded vote in an open meeting approving a motion that (i) identifies the subject matter, (ii) states the purpose of the meeting and (iii) makes specific reference to the applicable exemption from open meeting requirements provided in § 2.2-3707 or subsection A of § 2.2-3711. The matters contained in such motion shall be set forth in detail in the minutes of the open meeting. A general reference to the provisions of this chapter, the authorized exemptions from open meeting requirements, or the subject matter of the closed meeting shall not be sufficient to satisfy the requirements for holding a closed meeting.
  • Posted By Valerie Garner

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