Editorial: Closed talks on pool cloud Open Door Law

In a democracy, it is vital that the public’s business be done in public. Anything less will undermine support and damage credibility.

When seven members of the Greenwood City Council met in private to discuss the aquatic center project, they short-circuited the public’s ability to stay informed on this important local issue.

The city council met behind closed doors and without notifying the public to discuss the mayor’s criticism of the pool committee and to brainstorm about how to make the proposed aquatic center pay all its own expenses, including by raising the rates. Council president J. David Hopper called the meeting a caucus, which is a political strategy session usually closed to the public.

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