FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT

 

In the Matter of a Complaint by FINAL DECISION

 

Clifford O. Devine,

 

Complainant

 

against Docket #FIC 88-466

 

First Selectmen of the Town of Salem, and Board of Selectmen of the Town of Salem

 

Respondents June 28, 1989

 

The above-captioned matter was scheduled for hearing on January 17, 1988, as a contested case. At that time the parties appeared and presented evidence and argument.

 

After consideration of the entire record, the following facts are found:

 

1.The respondents are public agencies within the meaning of 1-18a(a), G.S.

 

2. By letter filed November 23, 1988, the complainant alleged that the respondents failed to post a timely notice for a special meeting which took place on November 21, 1988, a Monday, at 9 A.M.

 

3. At hearing the respondent agreed that they had violated the notice requirement of 1-21, G.S., because it was unaware that the weekend did not satisfy the twenty-four hour requirement for notice of a special meeting.

 

4. It is found that the respondents have taken steps to instruct members of the town government regarding proper compliance with the notice requirements of 1-21, G.S.

 

The following order by the Commission is hereby recommended on the basis of the record concerning the above-captioned complaint.

 

1. The respondents shall henceforth comply with the notice requirement of 1-21, G.S.

 

Docket #FIC 88-466 Page two

 

PURSUANT TO 4-180(c) C.G.S THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF EACH PARTY AND THE MOST RECENT MAILING ADDRESS, PROVIDED TO THE F.O.I.C., OF THE PARTIES OR THEIR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE.

 

THE PARTIES TO THIS CONTESTED CASE ARE:

CLIFFORD O. DEVINE, Route 82, Salem, CT 06415

 

FIRST SELECTMAN OF THE TOWN OF SALEM AND BOARD OF SELECTMEN

OF THE TOWN OF SALEM, c/o John W. Butts, Esquire,

P.O. Box 270, Colchester, CT 06415

 

Approved by order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its regular meeting of June 28, 1989.

 

 

Karen J. Haggett

Clerk of the Commission