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OM 19-29 Novak v. Western Coventry Fire District Violation Found

The Complainant alleged that the Western Coventry Fire District violated the OMA when an executive session agenda item for its April 18, 2019 meeting failed to sufficiently specify the nature of the business to be discussed and when the April 18, 2019 meeting minutes related to that item failed to include a citation to the relevant statutory subdivision for entering the executive session and failed to include a statement specifying the nature of the business to be discussed. The Fire District conceded these violations. Accordingly, we found that the Fire District violated the OMA. Based on the totality of the circumstances, we did not find injunctive relief appropriate, nor did we find sufficient evidence of a willful or knowing violation. VIOLATION FOUND

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