Paris selectman seeks to limit executive session topics

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PARIS — A selectman unsuccessfully sought to amend a motion to go into executive session and discuss other matters with the town attorney on Thursday.

Selectman Ted Kurtz said at the special selectmen’s meeting that there were three topics he wanted to discuss with attorney Geoffrey Hole that did not meet the parameters of the executive session under Maine law. Hole was attending the meeting to discuss a lawsuit against the town by former Town Manager Sharon Jackson.

Kurtz said one topic involved the distribution of confidential information related to the case. He said he had not received those materials. Hole agreed to meet with the selectmen on Kurtz’s topics at their next regular meeting on May 24.

Kurtz also sought to amend a motion to enter executive session to discuss Jackson’s lawsuit to specify that the only issues that would be discussed would be those where premature public knowledge would put the town at a significant disadvantage in the case. Chairman Raymond Glover said the language of the motion was standard per the Maine Municipal Association.

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“I think we just ought to be more implicit that we’re following state law,” Kurtz said. “I guarantee that we have talked about a ton of things that are outside the parameters of the statute.”

The motion to go into executive session per the original language passed 3-1, with Kurtz opposed.

mlangeveld@sunjournal.com

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