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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

City Violates Open Meetings Act by failing to provide meeting minutes in a timely manner.

Below is a a list of meetings  which appear in the City web site under the title Documents  on demand. Note the last entry  is May 2016 . The minutes for subsequent meetings were published and put in the following month's agenda package which is a lengthy  often 200  page document most residents don't read. Nor are they required to do so. The State of  Michigan however makes it a requirement that  the local government provide minutes to its tax paying Citizens in a timely manner. and it  defines the what it means by timely.

Stated on our  the City Web site is the following.
To better serve the residents of Bloomfield Hills, we have created a searching tool that will allow you to view AGENDAS and MINUTES of City Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Not only will you be able to look at the current meeting information but you will be able to search past meetings for specific meeting detail. Meeting Minutes will be posted once they are approved by the Council Board.
Regrettably  our City Commission meets but once a month which means a delay of  thirty days.  The Open Meeting Act allows for a delay of no more than eight business days before   draft minutes are made available to the public.By a posting at City Hall or whatever. Draft minutes do not preclude  changes or modification of minutes but they do inform the tax paying residents what it's government is considering.

Editors note: To that end we have found and published the  a collection of items from August onward which will help the reader understand what will  be discussed at Tomorrow's .

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