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OM 19-02 Angelo v. Town of Westerly No violation

The Complainant alleged that the Town of Westerly ("Town") violated the OMA when the Town improperly convened into executive session to discuss the sale of Town property. Based on the undisputed evidence, including an in camera review of the executive session minutes, we found no evidence that the Town discussed the sale of Town property in executive session at the meeting identified in the Complaint. Our in camera review of the minutes revealed that the one item discussed in executive session pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(5) pertained to the acquisition of a certain parcel of real property for public purposes, which a public body may (but need not) discuss in executive session. See R.I. Gen. Laws 42-46-5(a)(5). Accordingly, we found no violation.

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