Monday, June 16


County planning to force organizations into Open Meetings Act

[JUNE 16, 2003]  After a month's hiatus the Logan County Board indicated support for a resolution requiring that any organization accepting county funds must hold open meetings. The organizations must also allow access to minutes and financial statements. The requirement applies to both public and private organizations.

Bill Sahs was the lone opponent of the open meetings requirement as it was discussed at Thursday evening's board meeting. "I don't think we should be worried about little things like this," he said. "We're working toward attracting new business, and we need to move on. This is just throwing up a roadblock."


The resolution follows State's Attorney Tim Huyett's advice for county members on the Economic Development Council not to attend meetings because they are closed. The EDC is a committee of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce. The current county budget allocates $25,000 from the farm fund for the EDC, but the board voted in April to withhold payment because of the open meetings issue.

The resolution was expected to come up at last month's voting session but was inadvertently left off the agenda. As with all county issues, the final vote comes at Tuesday's adjourned session.

[Lynn Spellman]

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