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OML Complaint vs BOH 7-9-12

OML Complaint vs BOH 7-9-12

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OPENMEETINGLAWCOMPLAINTFORM
OfficeoftheAttorneyGeneralOneAshburtonPlaceBoston,MA02108
Pleasenotethatallfieldsarerequiredunlessotherwisenoted.
YourContactInformation:
FirstName:Kevin
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LastName:Jourdain
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Address:357JarvisAvenueCity:HolyokeState:MAZipCode:01040
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1(413)539-8000honeNumber:
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Email:Kevin.Jourdain@verizon.netOrganizationorMediaAffiliation
(if
any):President,HolyokeCityCouncil
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Areyoufilingthecomplaintinyourcapacityasanindividual,representativeofanorganization,ormedia?
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StateNameofPublicBody(includingcity/town,countyorregion,ifapplicable):HolyokeBoardofHealth
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Specificperson(s),ifany,youallegecommittedtheviolation:BoardCommissionersRobertMausel,KatherineLiptak,PatriciaMertesDateofallegedviolation:Ju19,2012Page1
 
Descriptionofallegedviolation:
Describetheallegedviolationthatthiscomplaintisabout.Ifyoubelievetheallegedviolationwasintentional,pleasesay
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Whatactiondoyouwantthepublicbodytotakeinresponsetoyourcomplaint?
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(1)RescinditsvoteofJuly9,2012approvinganeedleexchangeprogramintheCityofHolyoke.
(2)
ProperlynoticethetopicforafuturemeetingtoaffordthepublicandCityCounciltheopportunitytobepresentatthismeeting.
Review,sign,andsubmityourcomplaint
Readthisimportantnoticeandsignyourcomplaint.
Undermostcircumstancesyourcomplaintwillbeconsidered
a
publicrecordandbeavailabletoanymember
of
thepublicuponrequest.
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understandthatwhen
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TheBoardofHealthpostedameetingnotice(attached)foritsregularmeetingofJuly9,2012listingtheitemsthattheBoardwastoactonatthatmeeting.Thisagendadidnotstateanymentionofadiscussion,deliberationorvoteontheissueofgranting"localapproval"toaneedleexchangeprogramintheCityofHolyokeunderMOLCh.III§215.Pleasenotethatreferencetoadiscussionofaneedlekioskprogramhasnothingwhatsoevertodowithneedleexchange-itisanunrelatedtopicandappearsasentirelyseparateitemonmeetingnoticeandminutes._M.G.L.
30A
requiresthatthelistoftopicsmustbesufficientlyspecifictoreasonablyinformthepublicoftheissuestobediscussedatthemeeting.Firstly,thereisnomentionofadoptionofaneedleexchangeprogramonthemeetingnotice.Secondly,theuseoftheterm"otherprograms"clearlywould
lack
therequisitesufficientspecificitytomeetthelegalrequirement."Otherprograms"issoopenatermastopotentiallymeananythingonecouldimagine.Withoutnoticetothegeneralpublic,theBoardofHealthwhilecorporallyconveneddiscussed,deliberatedandvotedtoapproveaneedleexchangeprogramintheCityofHolyoke.TheMayor,inattendanceatthismeeting,thenimmediatelyacteduponthisunnoticedactiontogivehisapprovaloftheiractiontoeffectuatewhatboththeBoardofHealthandtheMayorarepurportingtobe"localapproval"ofaneedleexchangeprogram.TapestryHealth,alsowithhighrankingofficialsinattendanceatthismeeting,inlightoftheactionsofthismeetinghavebegunoperatinganeedleexchangeintheCityofHolyoke.M.O.L.30ArequirestheChair,asofthetimethenoticeisfiled,tolistthetopicsheorshereasonablyanticipateswillbediscussedatthemeeting,Firstly,sincetheBoardofHealthtookfinalactionontheitematthefirstandonlymeetingitwasdiscussed,
it
canbestronglyinferredthattheChairreasonablyanticipatedthetopicarisingatthatmeetingandthereforetheitemshouldhavebeenplacedonthemeetingnoticeamongthetopicstobediscussed.Secondly,accordingtotheminutesofthemeeting(attached)nolessthan11individualswerepresenttoadvocateinfavoroftheBoardadoptinganeedleexchangeprogram.Nooneinoppositionwaspresent.Dr.Mausel,aBoardofHealthmember,isevenquotedintheminutesaswonderingwhynoCityCouncilorswerepresentbecausetheyweresupposedtohavebeennotifiedofthemeeting.TheMayorwronglyclaimsmembersoftheCityCouncilwereawareofthemeeting.These

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