At the July 8, 2014 Board of Oakland Township meeting, a motion was made by Treasurer Langlois to add a closed session agenda item for the purpose of “reviewing a written legal opinion”. This motion was supported by Trustee Bailey. It then went to a vote. The motion passed 6 to 1. The only person that did not want to review the legal opinion in closed session was Supervisor Gonser. We may never know what the topic was, but it clearly contained something that Supervisor did not want to have discussed.
Here is a video of that motion:
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? Supervisor Gonser appears to fear having something discussed among the Board members. His promise of transparency is being violated not only with the citizens of Oakland Township, but with his fellow Board members.
If the “township” paid for the opinion, shouldn’t the township have the right to hear it?
Alan, It is not clear if the Township did pay for this opinion. It may have come from some other attorney, other than one that the Board may have officially asked for an opinion.
However, a more important point is that the Board has the statutory right to discuss various items in ‘closed session’. There are criteria that define what can be discussed in ‘closed sessions’. Reviewing ‘written legal opinions’ is one of those allowed subjects.
Thanks for your continued interest in what is going on in our Township!
I think it has to do with ANOTHER attorney’s opinion in regards to much of Gonser’s illegal antics. It is just too much and OUR attorney isn’t doing squat because Dan Kelly is getting mo money mo money mo money the more Gonser screws up!