Former Carroll Commissioner Sues Taneytown Over Alleged Open Meetings Violation

A Carroll County Times article (2017-07-31) reported on the civil action brought by former Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier against the Taneytown City Council and mayor for allegedly violating Maryland’s Open Meetings Act. Frazier’s husband, Donald Frazier, is a council member. Robin Frazier is representing herself as the plaintiff. Attorney Kevin Karpinski is representing the defendants. Judge Lawrence Daniels is hearing the case.

According to the article, Robin Frazier alleged in her opening statements that the Mayor and City Council provide proper notice for: (1) the closed meeting; and (2) the open meeting where the council voted to go into closed session. Karpinski’s opening statement countered by noting that the council was considering two measures opposed by Donald Frazier: (1) a charter amendment that would allow the council to remove a member; and (2) a code of conduct measure.

Mayor James McCarron testified that a June 13 letter from Donald Frazier to the council members warning that they would be sued if they passed the code of conduct measure was the reason McCarron called for the closed session.  According to the article Karpinski argued that the notice of the closed meeting was published several days prior and that Robin Frazier was aware of the notice.

Make sure you are up-to-date on open meetings law requirements by taking the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance Open Meetings course at the 2017 MACo Summer Conference. The course is being offered on Wednesday, August 16, from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm.

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