CHARLESTOWN, Rhode Island — Attorney General Peter Kilmartin's office says the Charlestown Planning Commission violated the Rhode Island Open Meeting Act by writing the name of a consultant in what he called a secret ballot.
The commission issued an advisory opinion to the Town Council in May for hiring a consultant to help rewrite the town's comprehensive plan.
The Westerly Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1sOJmoh ) that the attorney general's office, responding to a citizens' complaint, said the commission took an "undisputed secret ballot vote."
Kilmartin's office also said the Planning Commission violated the meetings law when its minutes failed to include a record by individual members of votes regarding the decision.
Planning Commission Chairwoman Ruth Platner said commission members did not vote. And Town Solicitor Peter Ruggiero called the action a "paper poll" to determine consensus.
Information from: The Westerly Sun, http://www.thewesterlysun.com
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