Open government advocate John Flaherty of Wilmington accuses New Castle County Council of violating the Freedom of Information Act at one of their meetings last month.
In a letter to State Solicitor Lawrence Lewis, Flaherty says council members consider substantive legislation that was not on the agenda for their Executive/Personnel Committee meeting on February 22. While that week’s agenda listed items included discussion of changes to deed restriction changes for the Governor Square III Shopping Center and a resolution seeking permission to stream audio of council meetings online, Flaherty says the agenda did not include two changes to council rules that limit the powers of Republican Council President Tom Kovach.
“New Castle County Council has an obligation and a responsibility to not only make the laws but to obey the laws when they act in the performance of their duties,” Flaherty writes. He says the committee “did not act in the best interests of the citizens it serves when they violated Delaware’s Freedom of Information Law.”