In a May 6, 2016 Order, Assignment Judge Georgia M. Curio issued an injunction requiring the Harrison Township (Gloucester County) Fire District to “strictly adhere to [the Open Public Meetings Act] in all respects including, but not limited to, the keeping of minutes.”

During oral argument on April 21, 2016, Curio noted that the Fire District’s failure to keep closed meeting minutes on five separate occasions over a three year period violated the Meetings Act and constituted a pattern of noncompliance that warranted injunctive relief.  Curio stated that the Fire District would be “hard-pressed” to deny its actions are willful or knowing if it violates the Meetings Act again.

The case is captioned Donald Baldwin v. Harrison Township Fire District, et al, Docket No. GLO-L-1713-15 and Baldwin was represented by the Law Office of Walter M. Luers.

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