Created on Monday, 15 July 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A lawsuit challenging a township's practice of holding informal gatherings before official public meetings is headed back to a southwest Ohio court.
An Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals judge ruled that the lawsuit was dismissed prematurely by a Warren County court. He sent it back to resolve conflicting testimony on whether Clearcreek Township trustees are violating state open meetings law.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/15vh4P7 ) that township officials defend the practice of having informal gatherings in the administrator's office ahead of the twice-monthly township meetings.
Township administrator Dennis Pickett says his office door is open as township trustees come in and out to prepare for the meetings.
The lawsuit filed by a township resident says the "pre-meeting meetings" are illegal because public business is discussed by a trustee majority.