CCPL Board Votes To Appeal AG’s Ruling On Open Meetings Act Violation

Jan 8, 2019

Credit Rob Canning

The Calloway County Public Library Board plans to appeal the state Attorney General’s decision that the board violated the state’s open meetings law.

Attorney General Andy Beshear’s decision claims the agenda for a special called meeting in October wasn’t specific enough to cover the board’s discussion of the library’s proposed expansion.

The agenda instead listed 'Strategic Plan/ SWOT,' which stands for "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats." Beshear's decision said "the public could not reasonably impute from the acronym “S.W.O.T.” that the board would discuss library expansion opportunities and review proposals related to that expansion." However, the AG’s office reported the board did not violate the Open Meetings Act when it conducted a series of tours of the former Regions Bank building which is a proposed location for expansion because there were not enough board members present to form a quorum.

 

During Tuesday's meeting Board Treasurer Winfield Rose made a motion to appeal the ruling to the Circuit Court. The board approved the motion in a three to two vote.

The board has 30 days to make the appeal.  

Check back at WKMS.org for full coverage of Tuesday night's meeting.