Residents question town manager’s meetings

From DEWEY BEACH — Citizens express concern about Town Manager Marc Applebaum’s meetings with members of the local business community, saying he should be subjected to open meeting laws, noticed and conducted in public, citing officials promise of more transparency last year after their published agendas violated the Freedom of Information Act rules.

Residents have not filed a formal FOIA complaint against the town or Applebaum, but town attorney, Fred Townsend, examined the issue and discussed it at the Sept. 6 meeting. Applebaum met with various local businesses following the defeat of the gross receipts tax, in an effort to find an alternative way of paying a fair share in the town.

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