Miller-Driscoll Building Committee took improper vote by email

A vote via email, taken by members of the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee back in February, has been deemed improper by an attorney for the state’s Freedom of Information Commission.

The minutes of the committee’s March 13 meeting say: “Chairman [Bruce] Hampson stated that while the February 13, 2014 meeting of the building committee was cancelled because of snow, the building committee voted unanimously by email to recommend Option 1 to the Board of Selectmen on February 18, 2014.”

“That was not proper,” attorney Tom Hennick told The Bulletin Monday. “Votes must be taken in public.”

The Bulletin was alerted to the vote late last week. Since complaints must be filed with the commission within 30 days of an improper action, it is too late to do so on this matter.

At the very least, Mr. Hennick said, the minutes should reflect who voted and how they voted.

The vote had to do with two renovation options the committee was reviewing at the time.