Danville City Commission doesn't give the public enough information about why it has to go into executive session, and meets too much behind closed doors, a citizen watchdog group told the body at its meeting Monday.
The Danville Citizens for Good Government says it took an informal survey of other municipalities and found that in 2003 local governments in Lexington and Louisville had no executive sessions; Frankfort City Commission had sessions at 31 percent of its meetings and Danville closed doors at 85.71 percent of its meetings.
Commissioners defended the practice. Ed Hays, a city attorney, said that the reasons are always announced and were, in his opinion, legal.
Jack May, who researched the issue for DCGG, pointed out that the city has to announce the general nature of the business to be considered privately, the reason it can't be done in an open meeting and must list the law that applies to each situation.