WSAR has confirmed with the Fall River City Clerk's office in Government Center that an Open Meeting Law Complaint filed after last night's 5-3 vote on the transfer of $20,000 renders the vote null and void, and that the matter will have to be voted a second time on February 17, when Council meets again, and the matter added to the agenda.
Swansea based Patrick Higgins and Associates claims that in their complaint, filed with the Attorney General's Office
'' At last night’s City Council meeting, a motion was made and seconded to lift the Mayor’s transfer request from the table. The financial order was discussed and subsequently adopted, as amended.
The violation alleges that the item was “illegally” deliberated, as this was not an agenda item, and the complainant requests that the vote be re-taken at a future meeting.''
The item was seeking a transfer between line items in the Mayor's Office