West Bridgewater assessors didn’t violate open meeting law, AG rules

Submitted by YanqiXu on Mon, 12/04/2017 - 11:10am

WEST BRIDGEWATER – The town’s assessors did not violate the state’s open meeting law when it failed to announce that it was returning to open session following a closed-door meeting in August, the state Attorney General has found.

The ruling comes after a complaint was filed by Denise Reyes following the Aug. 2 meeting, in which the board discussed contract negotiations regarding the principal assessors in executive session, then reconvened in open session, opened the meeting room doors and voted to sign the contract but did not announce it had exited the session, read a letter from the AG’s office.

Reyes told the AG she had waited outside the room for 10 minutes, and did not see the door open, the letter read. She also alleged she had not been allowed to ask questions during the open session meeting.

But, the AG’s office found that the board didn’t break the law either by not allowing Reyes to question it or failing to announce that it had reconvened. Read more...