FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION
OF THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT

FINAL DECISION
Docket #FIC 1997-074
October 22, 1997

In the Matter of a Complaint by Lorraine Tirella,Complainant
against
Kate Cosgrove, First Selectman, Town of Oxford; Charles Lyons and Paul Schreiber, as members of the Board of Selectmen, Town of Oxford; and Board of Selectmen, Town of Oxford, Respondents

The above-captioned matter was scheduled to be heard as a contested case on September 11, 1997, at which time the complainant and the respondents appeared, and presented limited testimony and argument on the complaint.

During an informal conference immediately prior to the September 11, 1997 hearing, the complainant and the respondents reached the terms of an agreement in resolution of this contested case. The parties agreed that the respondents did violate the 1-21(a), G.S., requirement for the filing of minutes within seven days following a meeting, in that the respondents’ minutes for the meeting of the respondent board held on October 1, 1996 were not filed until February 6, 1997. The parties also agreed that henceforth the respondents will comply with the letter and the spirit of all aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, including with reference to the timely filing of minutes. Based upon this agreement, the complainant informed the Commission that she wished to withdraw her complaint.

The Commission warmly commends both the complainant and the respondents for working successfully to negotiate a non-litigated settlement of their earlier differences.

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

1. The complaint is hereby dismissed.

Approved by Order of the Freedom of Information Commission at its regular meeting of October 22, 1997.

_________________________
Doris V. Luetjen
Acting Clerk of the Commission

PURSUANT TO SECTION 4-180(c), G.S., THE FOLLOWING ARE THE NAMES OF EACH PARTY AND THE MOST RECENT MAILING ADDRESS, PROVIDED TO THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION COMMISSION, OF THE PARTIES OR THEIR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE.

THE PARTIES TO THIS CONTESTED CASE ARE:
Lorraine Tirella
11 Larkey Road
Oxford, CT 06478

Kate Cosgrove, First Selectman, Town of Oxford; Charles Lyons and Paul Schreiber, as members of the Board of Selectmen, Town of Oxford; and Board of Selectmen, Town of Oxford
c/o Dominick J. Thomas, Jr.
Town Counsel
315 Main Street
P.O. Box 313
Derby, CT 06418

__________________________
Doris V. Luetjen
Acting Clerk of the Commission
FIC1997-074/FD/tcg/10221997