Wiscasset selectman opted out of closed-door meeting, says it should be public

Posted July 03, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.

WISCASSET, Maine — Wiscasset Board of Selectmen Vice Chairman Ben Rines Jr. did not participate in a closed-door session that took place July 1, after arguing for the selectmen to discuss the subject of the session in public.

The board had scheduled an executive session about economic development possibilities prior to the meeting. Rines, after hearing a brief description of the meeting’s purpose, said the board should discuss the matter in public. He did not attend the executive session.

The executive session was held pursuant to title MRSA 405(6)(c). According to the Right to Know citizens guide to Maine’s Freedom of Access Act, the statute allows boards to meet privately to discuss or consider the acquisition, condition, or use of property or economic development, “only if premature disclosures of the information would prejudice the competitive or bargaining position of the body or agency.”

The selectmen did not take action or comment on the executive session after returning to the public portion of the meeting.

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