Keedysville mayor denies secrecy claim
By DAVE McMILLION
KEEDYSVILLE - Keedysville Town Council member James Kearns said comments about him in a letter to the editor in Sunday's Herald-Mail are the types of things that make the town look like a "laughing stock."
Kearns was referring to a letter to the editor written by town resident Anne Leffler, who claimed Kearns stated at a recent council meeting that local officials have the right to hold secret sessions to decide how to spend taxpayer money.
Kearns said at Monday's Town Council meeting that he did not remember making such a statement.
Kearns said the discussion of secret meetings involved a personnel issue.
Under state law, elected officials have the right to meet behind closed doors to discuss personnel issues.
Kearns said the letter is typical of the attacks made on Town Council members.
Others at the meeting said Leffler's letter was a misrepresentation of what occurred at the Dec. 1 council meeting.