Basalt resident files lawsuit over council’s closed sessions, email discussions

The Aspen Times: Basalt resident Ted Guy filed a lawsuit against the Basalt Town Council, mayor and clerk last week to seek a declaratory judgment that the town government is violating the Colorado Open Meetings Law.

Guy, through attorney Steve Zansberg of Denver, also wants a show-cause hearing held as soon as possible to force the town government to turn over records he contends should be public.

The lawsuit coincides with a recall effort Guy and his allies are contemplating against some members of the council.

Guy claimed four specific executive sessions, which are closed to the public, violated the open-meetings law because they didn’t disclose enough about the matter or matters to be discussed.

For example, the lawsuit says, instead of identifying an executive session for personnel matters, “it is possible for the Town Council to identify the job category of the town employee under discussion, if not that employee’s name, and the nature of the discussion without compromising the purpose of conducting the discussion behind closed doors.”

A key issue for a judge will be determining how much information can be disclosed without compromising the issue.

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