During last night’s council meeting several citizens raised issues about the LAG Committee.
Some thought that having the Mayor, and his administration on a committee that would eventually advise the administration as to what steps they might take, is a clear conflict of interest, and their RIGHT!
How can you advise yourself?
Leighton interjected during the conversation, claiming that the committee was not a committee at all.
- "There's no committee," Leighton said. "It's just we're going to meet.
I guess The King didn’t read Council resolution No. R0091-12
- Whereas, Council recommends the formation of a sub-committee to review the aforementioned information along with the City Attorney.
So you see, Your Lordship, per Council Resolution this review is clearly a committee.
In September, the city said an "internal review" would be conducted that would not be open to the public.
§ 703. Definitions: "Agency." The body, and all committees thereof authorized by the body to take official action or render advice on matters of agency business,
The Sunshine Act defines a “meeting” as any prearranged gathering of an agency attended by a quorum of members held for the purpose of deliberating agency business or taking official action.
Section 704. Open meetings:
Official action and deliberations by a quorum of the members of an agency shall take place at a meeting open to the public
So it would seem that as this is most definitely a committee per a council resolution, and its sole purpose is to render advise on the matters of agency business, per the Sunshine Act, any such meeting would need to be Open to the Public.
- See you there Your Lordship
Wake Up Wilkes Barre
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