Lower Lake flood control plan closes meeting — possibly breaking open meeting laws

Following a presentation on the Lower Lake flood control plan Thursday, the Rankin-Hinds Pearl River Flood and Drainage Control District board went into a closed session meeting without publically citing an exemption to Mississippi’s Open Meetings Act, as required by law.

Board attorney Trudy Allen said after the meeting that the board closed the session to discuss “litigation.”

“Someone should have come out there to say that,” she acknowledged. The board was in closed session for about 15 minutes, but Allen said members did not take any action.

Clarion-Ledger Executive Editor Ronnie Agnew said the paper would consider filing a complaint with the state Ethics Commission if not made privy to “everything that was discussed behind closed doors and assured that it would not happen again.”

“We will not hesitate to pursue this further,” he said.