Belmontonian: Mass AG Reviewing Alleged Open Meeting Violation By Planning Board

Franklin Tucker over at Belmontonian is reporting on a complaint by Belmont resident Tim Duncan to the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. From the article:

Duncan filed his 40-page accusation with the Office of the Attorney General on Sept. 29 relative to the meetings of “working groups” in connection with the Belmont Day School project which the Planning Board OKd a site and design plan in September.

“The Attorney General’s office has an enormous amount of experience in dealing with open government and meeting law issues,” Duncan told the Belmontonian last week. “I am confident that they will consider the facts, make a wise decision and determine an appropriate remedy,” said Duncan.

Duncan filed his complaint initially with the Town’s Clerk in August alleging the Board employed small “working groups” to supersede critical discussion on issues including landscaping, parking and a proposed “driveway” that he believed should have been held during the public hearing process. Also, he said there were no minutes to the meetings which is contrary to the public’s “need to know” as part of the Open Meeting Law.

…read more over at The Belmontonian!

  • Check out the BMC’s coverage (on Belmont Journal, Jeff Hansell’s new community affairs program), a tape from early September showing Planning Board member Charles Clark chewing out Chairperson Allison for short-circuiting the trustees of the library to propose relocating to the car wash. Segment starts 16 minutes in. http://www.belmontmedia.org/watch/belmont-journal
    She articulated no response.

    • Thanks for sharing Geoff! More to come on PB, I suspect.