SANATOGA PA – An unnamed attorney waited patiently to finish closed-door, employment-related discussions with the Lower Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners during its otherwise public meeting earlier this month, board President Bruce Foltz acknowledged.
Commissioners called an executive session Dec. 17 (2016; Thursday) at 5 p.m., 90 minutes before the start of their regular business meeting, to talk with an unidentified “labor counsel” about what Foltz said was “a police personnel matter.”
The board hadn’t finished its discussions by the time it was scheduled to hold two 6:30 p.m. public hearings. So the five commissioners left the attorney involved waiting in another room at the municipal building, 2199 Buchert Rd., and walked to their nearby conference room. They called the public meeting to order there, and conducted both hearings in full.
Commissioners then dismissed themselves, and returned to where the attorney sat to reconvene the executive session and complete their conversations. “We still have a personnel matter we have to handle,” Foltz explained as the board departed.
The group returned about 15 minutes later. Foltz said there was no action taken by commissioners during the executive session. The attorney was never identified, nor was a specific topic.
Board discussions of some legal and personnel matters are allowed by state law in closed-door meetings, not attended by the public, under certain circumstances. Official action on any topic must be made only in public meetings.
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- Lower Pottsgrove OKs Budget, Tax Hike
- Township Solicitor Brant Tenders Resignation
- Early Start Tonight On Commissioners Meeting
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