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OM 19-05 Ward v. Woonsocket Planning Board - Violation

The Complainant alleged that the Woonsocket Planning Board violated the OMA by voting to hire an attorney to provide a legal opinion because the meeting agenda only stated that the Board would discuss hiring an attorney. This Office determined that the Board violated the OMA by failing to provide proper notice that it would vote on hiring an attorney. We concluded that there was no evidence that the violation was willful or knowing and that injunctive relief was not appropriate because the attorney had already completed the task for which the Board hired him. VIOLATION FOUND.

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