- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. (AP) - 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 (https://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.

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Information from: The Westerly Sun, https://www.thewesterlysun.com


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