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Port Austin Twp suit alleges improper meeting where they approved new township hall
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:47:40 EDT
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Paperwork in a suit brought by 6 Port Austin Township residents against the Port Austin township board was filed Friday in Huron County Circuit Court alleging that a meeting was held late last month in which those attending approved moving forward with construction of a new township hall. They allege the meeting was improper citing the Open Meetings Act.
The suit seeks a temporary restraining order from the Huron County Circuit Court to prevent the officials from approving minutes from that meeting, along with preventing any further action on plans to locate and build a new township hall.
The suit alleges the meeting was held in violation of the Open Meetings Act because proper notification was not made using time frames in the law. It also alleges that at least one township official who had not been in favor of building a new township hall was not told of the meeting in question, on the morning of May 30th. The second count in the suit alleges a violation of general township law. Exhibits in the paperwork include unapproved minutes from the meeting in question, where it indicates that officials in attendance approved to move forward with a new township hall on Hellems Road, and choosing a local bank for financing. Circuit Court officials say the hearing on the temporary restraining order is expected to be held this Friday morning.
The action comes just weeks after voters, by a slim margin said no to bonding authority of 275 thousand dollars for a new Port Austin Township Hall. On May 2nd voters turned down the proposal 220 to 217 yes.