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OM 19-27 Langseth v. Buttonwoods Fire District Violation Found

Complainant alleged that the Fire District committed various violations of the OMA in connection with multiple meetings. This Office declined to review allegations that were submitted to this Office after the statute of limitations expired as to those meetings. This Office determined that the Fire District violated the OMA in connection with several meetings for failing to record the members who were present or absent and failing to indicate the votes taken by each member. The Fire District also violated the OMA by failing to post an annual schedule of its regular meetings at the start of the year. We concluded there was insufficient evidence to find that the Fire District violated the OMA by not making a record of votes available within two weeks of several meetings and using a spreadsheet format for its meeting minutes. This Office did not find injunctive relief to be appropriate and did not find sufficient evidence of a willful or knowing violation. VIOLATION FOUND.

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