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Montgomery sets a good example
Local governmental agencies are required under the Illinois Open Meetings Act (OMA) to post the agendas for their meetings "at the principal office of the public body and at the location where the meeting is to be held" a minimum of 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.
Unfortunately, this did not happen for the Montgomery Village Board's regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 24. Village President Marilyn Michelini discovered the agenda had not been posted outside village hall when she arrived at village hall that evening. Michelini also found that the agenda for a board committee meeting scheduled prior to the board meeting had also not been properly posted outside the building.
Fortunately, Michelini had both meetings canceled.
The cancellation certainly resulted in an inconvenience and delay for those involved with issues on the agenda awaiting board action. Still, Michelini, made the correct call by following the law.
We note here that not all local governmental officials have been as conscientious in obeying the OMA's public notice provision. For example, a few years ago a prior Oswego School District Board not only held a public meeting at a consultant's office outside of the school district's boundaries in Warrenville, they also failed to post notice of the meeting at the consultant's office.
By abiding by the OMA, Michelini and the Montgomery Village Board have set a good example for all local governmental agencies in the county.