Wellington City Council in violation of open meetings act at October Town Hall Meeting

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Thank you for your input. +8 Vote up Vote down Paul · 232 weeks ago When the city council had a work session the hospital authority board and the Doctors of our community and went into executive session for 2 hours, was this also a violation of the open meetings law? It was a work session and not a city council special meeting. Report Reply 1 reply · active 232 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down james jordan · 232 weeks ago I wrote a rather fiery column on that at the time. I thought it was a violation because they said attorney client privilege, but the law says you cant have anyone else there in that case. I guess no one reported that one. I thought this one was different though. They both are a little bit gray, but I thought the city did right on this last thing. It was more a technicality that was a violation. I really don’t think meetings are a real problem with the city. Report Reply +15 Vote up Vote down BornInASmallTown · 232 weeks ago The city attorney should have advised the council of this. Advising the council to be able to comply with the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) is one of the primary responsibilities of the city attorney in Wellington and in any city. Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 232 weeks ago So how long before we get an apology for the way the irrigation system approval was handled? Cause, dammit, that was a HUGE mistake… Report Reply 0 replies · active 232 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Back in October of 2015, there was some question as to whether a Wellington Town Hall meeting with Mayor Shelley Hansel, in which other city council members were present, was a violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.The town hall meeting is an informational gathering in which the public can meet with various city leaders and discuss the issues of the day.At this particular meeting, Hansel was attendance. So was Kip Etter, Jim Valentine, Bill Butts and Jan Korte. Only Vince Wetta and Kelly Green were not in attendance.Turns out it was a violation. The city got a letter this week from the Kansas State Attorney General’s office that ruled it was a violation, and told the participating city council members, it should take a class on open meetings.Hansel, with the blessing of the city council, told Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert to self report the meeting to the attorney general’s office.Several council members attended the meeting and ended up speaking. Hansel has been having town hall meetings since she was elected in April 2015, but since it is not a council meeting, there was question as to how many council members could be there. The ruling stated that they could all be there. The violation occurred when they talked about city business, even though they were talking to the public about city business.The meeting was well publicized and several members of the public were in attendance. Usually only one or two council members come, and that is not a violation even if they talk about city business.Hansel said back in October when the meeting happened, she thought they might be on shaky ground when four council members were there talking to the public.“I knew it was something we should report ourselves,” Hansel said. “I would rather us report it than they find out about it from someone else.”She said she told City Manager Roy Eckert to report it to the state’s attorney general and to ask for a ruling.The letter said there would be no fine for the city since it reported itself. Often there is a small fine when a violation happens.“I think they realized we did not do it on purpose,” she said. “It was a public meeting.”Hansel said she is also looking forward to going to the class on open meetings.“I don’t know all the ins and outs of KOMA and I don’t think anyone does,” Hansel said. “There are so many possible scenarios. So, I want to learn more about it and how to avoid violations in the future.”She said even at the time of the meeting, council member Kip Etter asked if she was sure they were on solid ground about council members talking at the meeting.There was some discussion, and even members of the media present at the time, said they did not think it was a violation either.Hansel has continued with the town hall meetings, but they make sure no more than two members of the council are present now. If she and two others are there they can talk about city business. Of course since it is not an official city meeting, they cannot make any decisions on city business.There has not been a lot of participation on the part of the public, but she hopes to keep having them.“We are going to make mistakes, but dammit we are going to own up to them and fix them,” Hansel said about the issue.The KOMA violation rules letter to the council is here:Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

This is the LaLiga plan in case the Coronavirus soars in Spain

first_imgThe president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, He has had a meeting with foreign correspondents in Spain this morning in Madrid in which he has clarified what the employer’s plan is in case the Coronavirus continues to spread in Spain and affects the First and Second parties: “We have not considered suspend the Classic and other games, but since Sunday night we have an open Commission within LaLiga called Coronavirus, following the issue, and we have made an action plan for different cities on whether it can be played behind closed doors or not. It has not reached the situation in Madrid, much less, the issue of the suspension of the Classic. “Thebes added: “It is one thing to suspend a game and another is not to play it. We are seeing the alternative of playing games behind closed doors, so that game would have been played behind closed doors, like any other, and if it could not be suspended then. And yet, we also have raised when these games would be played and on what dates on the calendar. That approach has been sent to UEFA so that it also takes into account the qualifiers where there are Spanish teams. We work on foresight and not on improvisation. “ The head of LaLiga, also showed his solidarity with those affected: “Now, in Valencia, we have had a case of a journalist and what has been done is to rethink the approaches in the press conferences, which is what there is What to do around the world. When someone is affected by this disease, it is necessary to isolate them with quarantine, but here we have not reached that situation. “Thebes, I had already revealed this forecast days ago, as he said on a recent trip to Mexico: “If it is necessary for a Spanish team to have to play Champions in a weekend, we can stick it to other dates we have. We help each other”, said the director, before revealing that the Ministry of Health of Spain passed a report to all the medical teams of the clubs to face the health emergency. “The most important thing is that the championship ends, even if it is behind closed doors, because it would be a problem to suspend it.”According to El País, Health does not rule out controlling crowds if local transmissions are fired or extended to large groups. In addition, the containment scenario of level 1 is maintained (there are 3) and rules out suspending public events. Telemadrid points to this same line: “For more serious situations, mitigation level 2 is contemplated, if there is a community transmission and massive entry of imported cases. And a third, generalization, impossible to control. Although the virus is already spread in Spain, we continue in that scenario 1, although Health studies tougher measures, such as restricting agglomerations. “last_img read more

Overseas-based Guyanese pensioner found dead in his Berbice home

first_img– feet tied together, stabbed to abdomen, head, and chestThe lifeless body of an overseas-based Guyanese pensioner was discovered on Friday morning with his feet tied and several visible marks of violence about his body.Murdered: Overseas-based Guyanese pensioner, Godfrey BranchThe deceased has been identified as 73-year-old Godfrey Branch, whose Guyanese address is Lot 22A Springlands Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice.GuyanaTimes understands that the murder occurred between 15:30h on Thursday and 09:15h on Friday, allegedly by three persons.Branch resided in a two-storeyed wooden and concrete structure, with a “well fenced yard” surrounded by eight security cameras.The lower flat of the home consists of an empty grocery shop but provides an enclosed stairway that leads to the upper flat which has a wooden door.According to the Police, this door is secured by both a hasp and staple lock and padlock internally.A family friend of the deceased, a shop keeper of Middle Street, Princetown, Corriverton, Berbice, told investigators that on Thursday afternoon around 15:30h, she visited Branch and left him at his residence “alive and well.”The woman told the Police that around 21:15h on Thursday night, she noticed Branch’s main access door was open and called out to him from his gate but received no response. She subsequently went about her business.However, the Police say that the woman went to visit Branch around 09:15h on Friday and found that the same door was still open.This publication understands that as a result, she jumped the fence and entered the upper flat of the building through the Eastern door, which was partially open.It was then that she made the gruesome discovery of Branch’s body lying on the floor in his living room. The Police was immediately contacted.Further information from the Police revealed that Branch was found lying on his back, clad in black long pants with a leather belt around his waist and long boots on his feet.His feet were tied together at the ankle with a purple trouser. Meanwhile, two wounds were seen on his abdomen, one to the left region of the chest near the heart, another wound to the right side of his chest and one to the left side of the back of his head.According to the Police, the man’s house was ransacked and an undisclosed sum of cash was said to be missing. In relation to the CCTV footage from the security cameras surrounding the premises, the Digital Video Recorder (DVR) box was “cut and removed from the home.”Branch’s body is at the Skeldon Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. The Police have confirmed that three suspects are presently in custody assisting with the investigation as Branch’s residence continues to be processed by crime scene detectives.last_img read more

Tate Haugan wins Blizzard Bike Club Championship race

first_imgThird place went to Nicki Haugan in 1:34:37 and close behind in fourth was Chris Haugan. Roger St. Jean finished in fifth place at 1:43:52 as he finished just ahead of Francis Plum. Taking seventh place was Gary Hilderman in 1:47:00 and eighth was Pat Ferris in 1:50:21.Sam Keats did the one lap race in 59:55. Winning the 20 kilometre distance was Ken Nix and the winner of the 16 kilometre distance was Jamie Gamble. – Advertisement –last_img

Pro-pot sentiment high in northern BC

first_imgIt hardly falls into the category of a major surprise but the notion of legalizing and taxing marijuana remains very popular in BC.A new online survey shows two thirds of adults support pot legalization, with the number rising to 72 percent, when considering those under 35, and to 77 percent of those who live on Vancouver Island.There’s a higher number opposed, here in the north, but Insights West pollster, Mario Canseco says, it is still a definite minority.- Advertisement -“The numbers in northern BC are 62 per cent supporting legalization and 33 per cent who are definitely not in favour. What we have here is a two to one margin,” Canseco said.“The main argument… (in favour) is the notion that if you tax and regulate marijuana, and essentially treat it like alcohol, there will be more revenues for the government. This is the main motivator for most people, especially for those over 55.Canseco continued: “There’s two things on the minds of those who would not like to see marijuana legalized. The first one is the notion there will be more cases of impaired driving. More than half of residents believe this is something that should be taken into consideration.Advertisement “But, we also see a lot of people who are worried about the fact that if you legalize marijuana it might become easier for children and teens to access it,” he said.Putting on his political pundit hat, Canseco says it will be interesting to see how political parties handle the issue in the upcoming federal election.While the Liberals have outright announced their support of legalization, the Conservatives have implemented stricter laws governing weed.Canseco said the NDP will be a wildcard.Advertisement “I think they might show some support in a way for a different kind of regulation but I think they might stop short of saying they want to see it legalized,” he said.“I don’t think it’s going to be a main factor that is going to be motivating people to choose one party over the other.”last_img read more

Updated: Highway 52 CLOSED

first_imgUPDATE:  As of 6 p.m. June 15, Highway 52 is now closed in both directions 10km south of Arras.  There is no estimate on when the highway will be opened. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Highway 52 is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic as of 3:08 pm.- Advertisement -Highway 52 is closed 10 km South of Arras because of flooding. The highway may be closed for several days.#BCHwy52 CLOSED in both directions between km 8-15 due to flooding and wash outs. Use alternate route, assessment in progress— Drive BC (@DriveBC) June 15, 2016Assessment is in progress. Updates will be provided as they become available.Advertisement highway 52last_img read more

Governor opening door to housing discrimination

first_imgEnforcement was given to the Fair Employment and Housing Commission in 1981, with landlords and employers who discriminate illegally subject to fines and other penalties. A most effective form of enforcement in the housing area has been simple orders that landlords rent to qualified candidates they had previously rejected on illegal grounds. But those protections of basic rights may be about to become meaningless. No, Schwarzenegger’s administration doesn’t propose to wipe them off the books. He can’t do that by himself, and he could never get such a backward-looking law through today’s Legislature, with its many female and minority members. But he might accomplish the same purpose with tactics his appointees now propose: stripping the FEHC of its administrative law judges and transferring all the commission’s hearings to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), plus moving what remains of the commission staff to Sacramento and away from the urban centers of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Fresno. “Take away those local offices in the big cities and people would be able to do very little when they’re illegally denied an apartment or house purchase,” says Blanche Rosloff, retired director of a local fair housing council that often has referred discrimination cases of all kinds to the commission. “It’s not reasonable to expect people to go to Sacramento and it would take too long. Apartments don’t stay vacant forever. If an apartment is available and the applicant meets all legal qualifications, you have to act fast or it’s gone. This would leave people depending on pro-bono lawyers, and they don’t take very many cases. The stated reason for the FEHC changes, which the Schwarzenegger administration wanted to make effective Oct. 22, is efficiency. “We’re not wanting to take anything away,” says Leslie Lopez, general counsel of the State and Consumer Services Agency, FEHC’s parent agency. “We’re just doing this because the state Supreme Court asked for some office space in the building where the commission is now housed,” Lopez added. “The commission’s administrative law judges would move to the OAH, but still hear cases.” Of course, they might have to hear all manner of other cases, too. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was still a young and undistinguished weightlifter in Austria when lawmakers in 1963 passed the one law that may have had more impact in shaping modern California than any other. The Rumford Act opened housing developments of all kinds to all kinds of people, and now Schwarzenegger’s administration may be about to make it a moot point. Without the Rumford Act’s ban on racial and religious discrimination in housing, California would likely have very few integrated neighborhoods and cities. Most apartment buildings and housing developments would be all-black or all-white or all-Latino, and very little could be done about it. The Rumford Act was plainly ahead of its time: The people voted to rescind it by passing Proposition 14 in 1964. But the very next year, the state Supreme Court ruled that ballot initiative unconstitutional and the Rumford Act has been law ever since. It has been supplemented by prohibitions against discrimination on grounds of gender, age, marital status, physical handicap and a ban on mandatory retirement from most jobs at age 65. Lopez notes that most discrimination complaints are originally taken by the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, whose offices around the state would remain open. But any hearings resulting from those complaints would go to the OAH, where there would be no assurance cases would be assigned to judges well-versed in anti-discrimination laws. And Democratic state Sen. Sheila Kuehl points out that the last time the OAH lawyers heard employment and housing discrimination cases, in the early 1990s, FEHC lawyers rewrote more than 90 percent of all their decisions because they incorrectly read and interpreted housing and employment laws. Now Schwarzenegger’s administration wants to send the OAH all hearings, with the FEHC deprived of the legal staff it needs to review hearing results. Current Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, state Senate President Don Perata and 10 legislative committee chairmen protested the changes in a letter to Schwarzenegger, calling them “a significant setback to civil rights enforcement.” These moves could be that and a lot more, if they happen. For Schwarzenegger would be turning back the clock in unilateral fashion toward a day that most Californians can’t even remember, one where discrimination was the rule and no one could do much about it. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is tdelias@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fancy winning the ultimate holistic relaxation experience at Seascape Spa?

first_imgFollowing on from the success of “Ulster’s Best Spa Award” in 2015 the Seascape Spa have a double celebration this month as they are awarded for “Best Holistic Body Ritual 2016” and celebrate their 7th Birthday.To celebrate and to thank their loyal customers and guests alike, they are giving 20% off the award winning “Wild Atlantic Way Signature Treatment” for the month of September. To keep up with the double celebration, they are also giving one lucky Facebook fan the chance to win this 90 minute pampering delight for FREE – all you need to do is click onto their Facebook page and enter the competition (check their post for more details, winner will be announced 29/09/16) . Good Luck!The Wild Atlantic Way Signature Holistic Treatment that is up for grabs is a holistic journey of relaxation at Seascape Spa.“The Wild Atlantic Way Signature Treatment” is the ultimate choice. Your journey begins with an application of the world’s finest organic seaweed oil followed by a soothing yet invigorating holistic full body massage, face & scalp pressure point massage followed by a relaxing soak in hand harvested seaweed from the shores along the Wild Atlantic Way. This treatment can also be enjoyed in the Seascape Spa’s couple’s treatment room.As a gift to you get 20% OFF this 90 minute treatment for the month of September.Normally Cost €115pp – Book Now For Only €92pp (reduced by 20%)Fancy winning the ultimate holistic relaxation experience at Seascape Spa? was last modified: September 17th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitionholisticseacape spaspa awardthe silver tassielast_img read more


first_imgDonegal GFC Boston Vs Cork – Championship May 27th 2012Donegal met with the men from the rebel county in their second game ofthe championship last Sunday. The northeners dominated the first halfand were a goal and six points ahead before Cork got on thescoreboard.Cork battled back in the second half with a goal from Peter Kirwan andlooked like they were back in the game, however points kept comingfrom the Donegal men. Robert( Rocky) Ivers, Ciaran Williams and BrianDonnelly all did well in keeping the rebels from closing in on theDonegal lead.Donegal are looking strong at this early stage of the campaign andrecorded another victory in Canton, Massachussets. Final score Donegal1-14  Cork 1-05Donegal:  P. Boyle, D. Doyle, M. Canning, P. Wanish, C. Bell, K.Mulhern, B. White, B. Donnelly, N. O’Connell, M. McGinty, R. Ivers, G.Friel, C. Williams.Cork:  J. O’Toole, C. Caffrey, E. Barry, M. Carolan, J. Hogan, D.Mulvey, P. Leddy, M. Burke, E. O’Sullivan, M. Moynihan, J. Crowley, P.Kirwan, D. Hughes  DONEGAL HAMMER CORK IN CHAMPIONSHIP (IN BOSTON!) was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL HAMMER CORK IN CHAMPIONSHIP (IN BOSTON!)last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell’s fortune has enjoyed mixed fortunes following the publication of his accounts.The Kincasslagh singer’s main company’s profits doubled last year to more than €1 million.However, his fixed assets have been written down by €2.1 million up until the end of October last. The accounts for DOD Promotions Ltd show its latest profits reduced from €4.89 million to €3 million as a result of a write-down.The firm’s cash reserves went from €666,632 to a more healthy €1.037 million. DANIEL’S PROFITS DOUBLE TO MORE THAN €1 MILLION was last modified: April 11th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accountsdaniel o’donnellprofitslast_img read more