City Council denies breaking open meeting laws

City Council denies breaking open meeting laws

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Savannah City Council denies allegations that they violated the state's open meetings law.

City spokesman Brett Bell said the city did not have quorum during a hastily called meeting on Sunday afternoon to discuss a fight that happened in Ellis Square.

According to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police, the police chief contacted the city manager to ask if the City Council would like to review surveillance video of the fight which shows Andrew Quade, talking with his girlfriend, when a group of men walk by and make a comment directed at them.

Police say Quade took off his watch and confronted the men. City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney sent an email about two hours before the meeting to the City Council. According to Bell, only four council members showed up to the meeting and that the public did not need to be notified. County Manager Russ Abolt also attended.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens came to Savannah in May 2011. He said the City Council violated several open meetings laws during a string of meetings. Olens said more than two council members talking about city business constitutes a meeting and requires timely public notice.

Police are still trying to identify three men involved with that fight in Ellis Square.

Quade's father said his son was taken by medical helicopter to an Atlanta hospital Friday to have surgery on his eye. If you recognized any of the men involved call police or CrimeStoppers.

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