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City, county and industrial foundation all meet in closed session

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By Stevie Lowery

Tuesday evening, March 27, was a busy one for local government with several meetings being held - all in closed session.

The Marion County Fiscal Court had a special-called meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center. The fiscal court met in executive session pursuant to KRS.61.810.1G. The fiscal court’s agenda listed the following:

“Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal.”

The fiscal court’s agenda also listed the following items:
A.) Abandonment of property
B.) Industrial Revenue Bonds

The specific exception to the open meetings law listed, KRS.61.810.1G, specifically reads: “Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal, if open discussions would jeopardize the siting, retention, expansion, or upgrading of the business.”

The Lebanon City Council also held a special-called meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 27. The council met in executive session pursuant to KRS 16.825(1) to “discuss the potential sale and/or purchase of property.” The open meetings law exceptions specifically state, “Deliberations on the future acquisition or sale of real property by a public agency, but only when publicity would be likely to affect the value of a specific piece of property to be acquired for public use or sold by a public agency.”

At 7 p.m. the fiscal court, city council and members of the Marion County Industrial Foundation all met in closed session pursuant to KRS 61.810.1G. The agenda listed the following: “Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal.”

The fiscal court’s agenda also listed the following:
A.) Abandonment of property.
B.) Abandonment of dedicated right-of-way
C.) Industrial Revenue Bonds

The city’s meeting notice, it stated that the 7 o’clock meeting in conjunction with the fiscal court was to “discuss the potential sale and/or purchase of property.”

According to Kentucky’s Open Meetings Laws, no final action may be taken during a closed session, and no matters can discussed at a closed session other than those publicly announced prior to convening the closed session.