Hillsdale County Circuit Court Judge Sara Lisznyai has dismissed a lawsuit alleging Jonesville City Council violated the open meetings law.
The plaintiff alleged that a violation took place after the special council meeting on July 7. Members of the public attended the meeting and all actions of the city council took place before the adjournment of the meeting.
“We are very happy and grateful that the court ruled in favor of the city and found that the plaintiff’s case was unfounded,” said city manager Jeff Gray. â€œThe municipal council and all other municipal councils conduct their business in meetings open to the public, in accordance with the law. ”
At a hearing on November 5, the court ruled in favor of the city’s request for a summary decision. Formal notice of the special July 7 city council meeting had been provided more than 18 hours before the meeting, as required by law. Several members of the public attended and were permitted to speak at the meeting, including the Applicant.
All the deliberations and actions of the board took place during the public meeting. The court agreed with the city’s position that the plaintiff had not validly declared that there had been a violation of the Open Assemblies Act. Lisznyai subsequently issued an order dismissing the case.