City spokesman Patti Mullins has emailed us saying: “The Downtown Frederick Hotel Advisory Committee is not a public body within the meaning of the Maryland Open Meetings Act. It is therefore not subject to any of the Act’s requirements, including those relating to advance public notice or meeting documents. Not all of the meetings had prepared agendas, and no official minutes were kept for any meeting.”
We wrote about the hotel advisory committee as a City controlled body conducting City business such as the procurement of a hotel developer behind closed doors and with business entities’ participation in violation of the Maryland Open Meetings Act.
We have filed a complaint with the Open Meetings Compliance Board of the state Attorney General’s office. The complaint follows rather closely the article we published, the link being here: