Court of Appeals Upholds Open Meeting Ruling of Fayette Circuit Judge Isaacs

 

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled against Lexington Nov. 13th. in a case that involved a January 2008 attempt to close an Urban County Council meeting.

That meeting was scheduled to discuss the city’s response to a request before the state Public Service Commission by Kentucky American Water to build a $162 million treatment plant and pipeline. That request was ultimately approved.

City officials had planned to meet behind closed doors. But the Herald-Leader objected, citing the state’s Open Meetings Law.

Fayette Circuit Judge Sheila Isaac agreed with the newspaper, and the 21/2 hour meeting was opened.

The appeals court stood behind the lower court and said exemptions “must be strictly construed.”

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