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By Joe Block 

Black Earth fails to publish board meeting minutes in newspaper

Publication required by state law, minutes list every official action


July 4, 2019

The village of Black Earth has failed to publish meeting minutes for every board meeting of the past 18 months in the newspaper. According to Wisconsin statues, minutes for every meeting shall be published in the local newspaper. These minutes “include the substance of every official action” taken by the village.

Since January 1, 2018 at least 14 village meetings have occurred. In that timeframe, 7 sets of minutes have been published. The minutes have been posted online on the village’s website.

Administrator/clerk/treasurer Shellie Benish said the oversight was due to changes in staf...

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