The Republican-led Lee County Board of Commissioners appear to have knowing broken the Open Meetings law, as shown by a recent article on The Rant. The commissioners were warned about the potential “liability”, via a staff memo, of having an official meeting in a gated community, but they carried on anyway. The meeting was obviously designed as an event solely for Republicans (including Republican candidates for various offices), but they conducted official business. The Rant has posted the memo and has also posted video of one citizen being turned away by a security guard from the event, clearly in violation of the law.
This story continues to grow, but what is evident now is that the Republicans on the board wanted this event, planned this event, and then ignored warnings that doing so could be illegal. Commission Chair Charlie Parks blamed closed-off event on “miscommunication,” but this is clearly not the case. He knew what he was doing. It was spelled out in the memo, but he and his Republican colleagues did it anyway.
This issue was discussed prior to the meeting here at BlueNC.