Lawrence County Council responds to allegations of Open Door violation

BEDFORD – During the Lawrence County Council meeting Tuesday night, the Council issued a response to the allegations brought forth by Bedford resident Bill Raines of a violation of the Indiana Open Door Law during their October 26th meeting.

The county council was scheduled to meet at the Lawrence County Courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. to publicly adopt the 2022 budget, with the regularly scheduled meeting set to take place directly following at 6:30 p.m. However, the budget adoption was postponed to Monday, November 1 due to a technical glitch at the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. 

WBIW News reached out to Raines asking why he felt it was important to issue a complaint to the Public Access office and why he felt the open door policy is important.

“This is the way we have always done it, or not anything can be done. This is not a proper response for such actions, and an apology is needed to the public so this does not happen again,” said Raines.

The Council, through the County Attorney David A. Smith, issued a letter to the state in response to Mr. Raines complaint in regards to the October 26th meeting.

The Council is awaiting the ruling from the public access counselor.