Bellmont, IL. (ECWd) –
“. . . the Public Access Bureau concludes that the Village of Bellmont (Village) Board of Trustees (Board) violated OMA in connection with its April 13, 2021, meeting.”
Jonathan King, a Bellmont resident, filed a Request for Review with the Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor complaining the village did not post an agenda 48 hours in advance of the meeting where resident could be notified of the upcoming meeting. King provided a sworn affidavit on the missing agenda.
Bellmont Mayor Gary Lance, who in 2020 confessed in Court to perjury to a Circuit Court Judge that he lied on a filing to obtain a protective order…because it was fun, filed a sworn affidavit claiming the meeting agenda was posted more than 48 hours in advance of the meeting.
From the AG: “Thus, the available information indicates that the agenda was not continuously available for the full 48-hour period prior to the April 13, 2021, meeting as is required under section 2.02(c) of OMA. Accordingly, this office concludes that the Board violated OMA.”
Read the AG’s determination below:Bellmont oma