Colbert meeting cancelled

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

COLBERT, Okla. -- A special city meeting was cancelled Monday night after some city officials said it would violate the Open Meetings Act. The Colbert city council was set to discuss re-instating former Police Chief John Polston after he was fired, re-hired, and then fired again.

The Oklahoma Open Meetings Act states you must file a special meeting notice 48 hours in advance. City leaders couldn't agree on the legality of the meeting.

"I do declare this meeting to be an illegal meeting because of not being filed with the court clerk in time so we are...because this meeting is illegal,” said council member Maurice Robinson at the beginning of the meeting.

The newly formed council, with two new members after April’s municipal elections, was divided over whether they were breaking the law if this special meeting went on as planned.

City administrators say the agenda was filed with the Bryan county clerk on Saturday, but it didn’t meet the 48 hour advance notice requirement.

"I was not aware that I had to. I found out Saturday morning and she said go ahead and fax it over Saturday morning and that would be fine and didn't know what needed to be done," said Michelle Weger, the council member who filed the agenda.

Other Colbert council members disagree, saying the council members should know the rules. Penalties for violations could be 500 dollars and a year in jail.

"Them being new to the council is not an excuse. In the book that we have, the OML, it tells us we should know. So if we have an illegal meeting we shouldn't participate.,” Robinson said.

Two council members, Richard Parrish and Michelle Weger, met with city attorney James Thornley to discuss the legality, but wouldn't give KXII an answer.

Former council member Wyota Hannen held an unofficial public forum instead, allowing Colbert residents to air their concerns.

Colbert officials would not tell us if the meeting would be rescheduled and when that agenda would be filed.


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  • by Meg Location: Colbert sadly on May 3, 2007 at 04:38 PM
    i agre with you "just browsing" we need to get michelle weger out of the council!!!
  • by Just Browsing Location: Oklahoma on Apr 27, 2007 at 01:59 PM
    To just a thought, no I am not related to anyone in Colbert and thank God. Colbert just needs to get their act together and make things better. Get rid of Weger, thats where most of the problems is coming from what I have been reading.
  • by just a thought Location: not from oklahoma on Apr 27, 2007 at 12:24 PM
    no i am not weger nor do i want to be, but i seem that you must be kin to some one on the council.
  • by Just Browsing Location: Oklahoma on Apr 27, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    To just a thoughts comment: Mo it dont seem funny that Robert and My 2 cents are aurguing between each other. What is see from it is 1. one was addressed to Robert and someone else using Roberts name to post something, or they have the same name. From what I see maybe your Michelle Weger and do not get the post just as being strike 2 for weger calling a special meeting without 48 hour notice as it said in the Durant paper.
  • by just a thought on Apr 27, 2007 at 07:51 AM
    DOESN'T IT SEEM FUNNY THAT ROBERT, AND MY TWO CENTS, SEEM TO BE USING THIS BLOG TO ARGUE WITH EACH OTHER.DON'T YOU WORK, OR ARE YOU AT WORK NOW, MAYBE ONE OF YOU WORK FOR COLBERT AND ARE ON THE COMPUTER ON COMPANY TIME.
  • by Guess who Location: colbert on Apr 26, 2007 at 02:00 PM
    Olets was not dropped....It is now investagations by the OHP. That is what is on the front page of todays paper. Durant might be done with it but not the OHP. You and I both know that those names where not ran for investagations. If you so why was Galena's name ran? Why was Mr. Gage's name ran?
  • by we elected Location: Colbert on Apr 26, 2007 at 01:13 PM
    Let them do there job!!!! Let them do there Job!!! Forget about the past, let colbert go forward. And hope the people that doesnt want them there, will stop causing trouble.
  • by Robert Location: Colbert on Apr 26, 2007 at 01:09 PM
    Polston is not on the agenda tonight, are you lost, or living in the past
  • by too Robert Location: Colbert on Apr 26, 2007 at 12:39 PM
    Dont know what your talking about, the OLETS was dropped when the durant police chief found out the names where ran for investigation of the former council member and former clerk. The durant police chief appologized to Colbert remember.
  • by my two cents Location: colbert on Apr 26, 2007 at 12:35 PM
    what does working under polston have anything to do with not giving him a chance to work, sounds like whomever you are your going to be mad no matter who it is on the agenda. is there several other applications to work for colbert after what has happened. Let the council do there Job and move on to bigger and better things.
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