S Memo 10-7

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 in Informal Opinions - Sunshine Law

S Memo 10-7
March 25, 2010
Discussion of County Office Renovation

Requester asked for an investigation into whether six members of the Kauai County Council violated the Sunshine Law by discussing the renovation of the offices in the County building.

Requester advised OIP that on February 4, 2009, after the scheduled Council meeting for that day was adjourned and the public left the room where the meeting was held, six Council members and one member of the County administration remained in the room with the door locked. When Requester asked a County employee what was going on, he was told that they were discussing “the renovation of the offices in the County building.”

OIP found that, based upon the Council’s apparent tacit acknowledgment, that the six Council members’ discussion of the renovation of offices in the County building was Council business that, in the absence of any applicable permitted interaction, should have been discussed in an open meeting.