Cohasset Selectman Martha K. Gjesteby has filed an Open Meeting Law Complaint against her board of selectmen alleging that on Dec. 18th the agenda topic for an executive session did not comply with the requirement of the specificity under the Open Meeting Law.
Gjesteby said, the posted meeting notice must include a listing of topics that the chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting. Gjesteby said “The posted agenda was required to identify the individuals whose contracts were being discussed.” Gjesteby said the vote to enter executive session similarly failed to identify the individuals whose contracts were being discussed.
1. At the Dec 18th meeting Gjesteby alleges there was an attempted discussion of the employment of Acting Town Manager Michael Milanoski. “Because this discussion was not posted on the meting notice, it should not have occurred.”
2. Gjesteby further alleges that…”During executive session the Acting Town Manager attempted to raise a dispute with me involving an e-mail that I sent to a third party, which he apparently obtained even thought he was not a named recipient in the e-mail exchange. The Board of Selectmen then engaged in a discussion of the alleged disclosure of this e-mail, including a discussion of potential future recourse. The discussion of the alleged disclosure was not a proper topic for executive session (Gjesteby quotes the statute here) and also was not part of the basis for entering executive session (another law quoted). And therefore should not have occurred in executive session.”
- Gjesteby says she wants a recission of any action taken, an order concerning the scope of matters relating to the Acting Town Manager that must be deliberated in open session, acknowledgement that the Board of Selectmen violated the notice and executive session provisions of the Open Meeting Law in connection with the Dec. 18, 2012 meeting, and such other relief that may be just and equitable.
- The Cohasset Board of Selectmen has, likewise, filed charges against Gjesteby. But we have not been privy to that charge. Initially, they planned to file a criminal complaint for Gjesteby having shared a confidence with a legal authority. We understand their complaint has now been downsized to an ethics complaint.