City council to appeal ruling

By Dal Cannady - bio | email
STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Statesboro's city council will appeal a judge's ruling against them. The council voted Wednesday morning to appeal a lawsuit ruling last week that the city violated open meetings laws. The council held budget workshops away from city hall back in the spring and a judge ruled the city didn't properly publicize the meeting or keep minutes. The mayor and council had contended the meeting didn't require minutes if they didn't vote on anything.
"The city's position was that we hadn't violated the law but the judge felt differently and ruled in favor of the plantiffs," said Mayor Joe Brannen.
The vote came after an executive session to discuss legal matters. One item not on the executive session agenda was a personnel matter held over from a called council meeting two weeks ago. Three council members called for that meeting, but arrived to find they did not have a quorum with the mayor and two other council members unable to attend.
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