Union County Prosecutor's Office told the Berkeley Heights Library Board of Trustees that it violated the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA)

March 12, 2017

In a  March 6, 2017, letter, the Union County Prosecutor's Office told the Berkeley Heights Library Board of Trustees that it had violated the Open Public Meetings Act by discussing contract negotiations during a nonpublic session with the other party to the contract in attendance.    

This comes only a few weeks after the Mayor and Council refused to present, vote on or officially discuss the Berkeley Heights Sunshine Act, claiming that Berkeley Heights Council and Boards go above and beyond what is required by OPMA.   

There now are clear violations of OPMA makes in even more important that BH pushed forward with more transparency, not less.   Recently Berkeley Heights reduced the amount of transparency for its Committees.    There was no open discussion or presentation to discuss its merits prior to an ordinance that was presented during the council meeting.    There was a bill however from the lawyer prior to the meeting to draft up the ordinance.   

This is not how honest government should work.