ATLANTA, IL. (ECWd) -
A critic of the Atlanta Public Library Board has, in the past, opined on alleged "linger-longer" meetings of the library board held after its public meetings.
The board had consistently denied participating in any such meetings.
However, an FOIA request for certain emails has revealed that they did participate in "linger-longer" meetings as if it were a routine matter of policy to better inform the board of events that they wanted to keep secret from the public.
According to the email, they wanted to be "really vague" during the public meeting with the understanding that "more a detailed report will follow the meeting in linger longer.
The email also states that the library director didn't mind sharing financial information to the board, she just didn't want it shared at a public meeting.
If that is not an admission of planning illegal meetings after the public meeting I don't know what is.
This board, and in particular, Bill Thomas and his daughter, conspired to tell the public as little as possible.
So much for their "transparency" to the public.
They probably think the Open Meetings Act is just an insignificant law, like the ones covering Statements of Economic Interest, sales tax, grants, prohibited activities, consumption of alcohol on public property, and election law - and they fell empowered to simply ignore them because no one will hold them accountable.
You can view the e-mails below or download at this link.