"Council moves BCHA board appointments to closed session" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Eagle Scout Caleb Spears, center, presented a check from McCoy's Building Supply for his $3,500 project to add ga-ga ball pits at Valiant Park across from Bay City Junior High School and at Amistad Park. The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping; with the objective of being the last person standing. Spears is joined by city Finance Director Scotty Jones, Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Blackburn and Mayor Robert Nelson.

   Mayor Robert Nelson pulled an open session item about Bay City Housing Authority (BCHA) board appointments into a closed-door meeting at council’s regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 12.
   Council’s Thursday agenda included the reappointment of three BCHA board members three members: Danyal Manning, Vidalia Leal and Ronnie Reeves and the appointment of Thomas Battle.
   When the agenda came up, Mayor Pro Tem Jason Childers began to speak, only to be interrupted by Nelson.
   “We’re not talking about that now. We’re going to talk about it in closed session,” the mayor said.
   The Sentinel first asked the mayor and council what provision of the open meetings act allowed council to discuss people who were not city employees as an allowable personnel matter in an executive session.
   City Attorney Anne Marie Odefy said the housing authority appointments were pushed into closed meeting not under personnel, but “legal,” without further explanation.
   A “revised” council meeting agenda reflected an additional item under litigation “for client-attorney privilege,” but no mention of the housing authority.
   It’s important to note that an executive session item for consideration Thursday night – and one that’s posted at almost every council meeting since early this year – is the lawsuit Manning, Leal and Reeves filed in early 2019 against then Mayor Mark Bricker to keep him from removing the three from the BCHA board.

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