Lexington and Louisville have, in fact, met behind closed doors to discuss lawsuits, litigation and property, contrary to a letter presented by the Danville Citizens for Good Government to the City Commission.
The DCGG complained that city commissioners meet too often in "executive session," citing its own survey that showed more than 85 percent of the meetings in 2003 included closed sessions to discuss issues that are exempt from the Kentucky's Open Meetings Law.
But according to Danville City Clerk Donna Groves, the figure for Danville is actually 100 percent. Groves told The Advocate-Messenger that there were no city commission meetings in 2003 during which there was not a closed session. Further research indicated that the city held only one meeting in 2002, under the previous administration, in which there was no closed session.
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council met behind closed doors at least 14 times in about 24 meetings in 2003, a 56 percent rate, according to Paul Schoninger, who works in the council's communications office. DCGG had reported that the Fayette body did not meet in private at all during 2003.