Shortly after convening Monday, the City Council left chambers to hold an executive session in the City Hall basement conference room. Details about what the issue discussed were …
Shortly after convening Monday, the City Council left chambers to hold an executive session in the City Hall basement conference room. Details about what the issue discussed were vague.
“Pursuant to R.I. General Laws § 42-46-5 (a) (2), this public body will convene in Executive Session regarding pending/potential litigation,” the agenda read.
Underneath the agenda notice it listed “ Warwick Firefighters.”
When the Council left executive session Council President Steve McAllister announced that two votes were taken during executive session.
“There were two votes taken, one of which was approval of reconvening into open session,” he said.
The Council also voted during open session to seal the minutes of the executive session.
The question that remains is what other vote was taken during the executive session.
Asked on Tuesday why the Council didn’t disclose what vote was taken, McAllister said, “The council followed legal counsel’s advice to seal the minutes.”
“The city council followed legal counsel’s advice to seal the minutes. That’s all the information I can share,” said McAllister.
On Wednesday McAllister cited a state law regarding open meetings when it comes to executive session.
It reads in part” All votes taken in closed sessions shall be disclosed once the session is reopened; provided, however, a vote taken in a closed session need not be disclosed for the period of time during which its disclosure would jeopardize any strategy, negotiation or investigation undertaken pursuant to discussions conducted under § 42-46-5(a).”
Michael Carreiro the President of IAFF 2748 the union that represents the Warwick Fire Fighters couldn’t be reached for comment at the time of publication.
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