State representatives, the town of Hampton and former Portsmouth assistant mayor have filed a Right To Know suit against the Coakley Landfill Group in an attempt to understand the Group’s record keeping and accounting practices. Since the Group is 63 percent controlled by municipalities, this should be settled quickly.
The plaintiffs have also asked that the meetings of the Group be open to the public because decisions are made about how to ensure public health and to spend public dollars.
The Portsmouth Herald opined on this Sunday August 5, 2018 and the full editorial can be found below.
The request is reasonable and needed. Judge William Decker asked lawyers whether they could site similar kinds of requests from “anywhere in the country, involving public access to information from a hybrid public-private entity like the CLG. The lawyers told the Judge they could not, making this a “case of first impression.””
We are hopeful the Judge will rule in favor of transparency, and await the decision.