(Mountain Grove) – A recent meeting with Mountain Grove officials and representatives of Burlington Northern-Santa Fe concerning a railroad overpass project in the city has got the city in some hot water.
The city received letter from Attorney General Chris Koster’s office regarding Sunshine Law violations that reportedly occurred during a meeting at the Mountain Grove Senior Center. The letter, dated October 11, states that the Attorney General’s office received a Sunshine Law complaint that the meeting in July took place without public notification, and minutes of the meeting were not kept. Mayor Delbert Crewse told those gathered at the city council meeting Tuesday that no official business was conducted.
The Missouri Sunshine Law states, in part, that a public meeting is any meeting of a public governmental body where public business is discussed, decided or public policy is formulated.
The letter stated that the city should review the law, and despite the infraction, the Attorney General’s office was closing their investigation. City Attorney David Pointer says that to be safe, there shouldn’t be more than one council member at something that could be considered an official meeting, and that he would be glad to offer a sunshine law training session to the council.