Citing attorney-client confidentiality, the Tuftonboro selectmen today refused to make available any communication they have received from attorney Rick Sager in their impromptu May 13 meeting in regards to the maintenance of town cemeteries. According to the meeting draft minutes, Sager advised them to “divorce themselves from the Cemetery Trustees in regards to clerical type responsibilities.”
Although the meeting was “properly posted,” according to the selectmen’s administrative secretary, Karen Koch, the meeting agenda was not sent out via email, as is the customary (though not required) practice. As a result, the only person present at the meeting other than Koch and the selectmen was Elissa Paquette of the Granite State News. Joe Kowalski, an independent contractor who ordinarily video tapes the selectmen’s meetings, was also not informed of the meeting and therefore was not present and there is no video record of the meeting. To be clear: the selectmen are not required to notify Kowalski, and there is no requirement that the meetings be recorded.
It appears the selectmen met the letter of the law in quietly posting a notice to the town web site on Wednesday, May 11. However, they broke with their ordinary habit of sending out a notice by email. (You can subscribe to receive email notifications for both agendas and minutes.) It is not surprising that as a result the residents who normally attend the selectmen meetings were not there.