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Monday, September 7, 2015

Tuftonboro Selectmen Summoned to Superior Court

In a " what's going on here?" situation, the Tuftonboro Board of Selectmen  have been summoned to appear in Carroll County Superior Court tomorrow morning at 9am, to respond to a Petition for Injunctive Relief filed by Tuftonboro resident ( and Planning Board chair, although her complaint was filed as a private citizen ) Chris Sawyer.
According to a copy of the complaint I received this weekend, the Petition alleges various violations of the Right to Know Law (RSA 91-A), members of town boards and committees being verbally abused by the Selectmen, termination of public input at BoS meetings, meeting minutes too general in nature, accusing selectmen of conducting business on Friday's during " Selectmen Hours" and  ten (10) instances where Mr. Sawyer alleges the Selectmen violated the Right to Know law.
The Petition specifically alleges that the BoS are conducting public business prior to scheduled meetings, without proper notice and conducting public business in non-public sessions.

The Plaintiff is asking the court :

  • To issue an Ex Parte motion in the form of compelling the BoS to fully comply with RSA 91-A, and properly post meetings 
  • Request that the NH Attorney General investigate alleged violations of the Right to Know law by the Tuftonboro BoS
  • Request that the court exercise its authority as it sees fit depending on the outcome of the Attorney Generals inquiry and investigation and finally,
  • Remedial training ( on the Right to Know law) as part of the resolution of violations. 
In one of the attachments of the meeting minutes in question, on April 13, 2015, the BoS announced the new " no public comment" policy and stated that the selectmen meetings were not the place for the public to air grievances. 
On March 16, 2015, a recount "special meeting" was held to determine the winner of a budget committee seat, but after that concluded, the Road Agent met with the BoS to seek approval of purchase of a Western Star truck which the minutes indicate was approved 3-0. In addition, it seems that at least four work session were not posted as meetings.


Moultonboro Blogger said...

Correction: Chris Sawyer was incorrectly noted as " his" which should have been " her"

Joseph Cormier said...

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