The following is a letter posted on FramGov on November 30, 2014 by Town Meeting Member, Jeff Cox.
I am not a lawyer, but I am interested if the Framingham Board of Selectman may have violated the Open Meeting Law.
--I have reviewed the minutes of the Board of Selectman meetings (http://webapps.framinghamma.gov/weblink8/Browse.aspx?startid=35)
and noticed that none of the Executive Session minutes have never been
posted. I reviewed that the recent controversy in Wayland over
publishing of all meeting minutes, as redacted, and noticed that they
needed to be published. Is it every appropriate to publish executive
--Were the conversation regarding potential selling of town property
referred to any town committee or Board of Selectman committee? If not
referred, were there private emails or conversations about the potential
selling of this property that may be in violation of the Open Meeting
Law? How can the potential selling of the Town Hall and other
significant meetings be approved without substantial public
conversation? If the Open Meeting were potentially violated, would the
approved vote be invalid?
This has been bothering me for sometime. How can the leadership of
Framingham be better transparent over the potential selling of the
historical heart of Framingham, Framingham Town Hall? There has been no
public conversation led by the Board of Selectman about what our future
might look like if Town Hall and other buildings are sold to MassBay
Community College. If we are willing to put these buildings up for sale
for MassBay Community College, would we sell them to someone else? I
have been told that there are millions of dollars of deferred
maintenance. What needs to be repaired? Should we raise tax levy
sufficiently to repair our public buildings? Are we letting our public
buildings decay so we have no better deal than sell them? Would we have a
newly constructed buildings somewhere else? Would the School Department
be in a combined building? Is the Board of Selectman been hesitant to
approve a new School Department lease because of the desire to have a
combined municipal complex.
? What part of Framingham would Town Government be located? If MassBay
Community College decided to take public buildings, how much time would
Framingham Town Meeting have to look at this issue? Would decisions be
rushed to complete a sale? Can the Commonwealth of Massachusetts simply
take municipal buildings by eminent domain leaving Town Meeting out of
I look forward reading answers from leadership of the Board of Selectman to some of these questions in this forum.
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