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City reports new allegations of open meeting violation

The main entrance of City Hall

The main entrance of City Hall where residents gathered for the final of three Primary Election Forums.

GILLETTE, Wyo.—The City of Gillette on Friday released text messages from at least two conversations between members of the City Council that reportedly violated open meeting laws.

In the violation, City Council President Shay Lundvall reportedly initiated a conversation with other members of the council through two separate group text messages on March 31, each of which constituted a quorum, regarding facilities at the Cam-Plex.

During the messages, a discussion took place regarding residents experiencing issues while attempting to utilize barns at the Cam-Plex.

The violations, which come less than 24 hours after the release of a third-party review documenting multiple other open meeting violations and provided recommendations to prevent them in the future, were reported to City Administrator Hyun Kim by Councilman Nathan McLeland, per the release.

Gillette Mayor Eric Hanson confirmed that the conversations took place and authorized the release of the messages to the public, per the City of Gillette, which adds that further discussion of the issue may occur during the council’s next meeting scheduled for April 5.

The messages were released by the council in an effort to remain open and transparent when mistakes are made, Kim said on April 1.