Following a month of debate over a 100,000-document information
request from the town's moderator, the Killington Select Board has
agreed to let Town Manager Seth Webb draft a policy for future
board approval that could mean the town wouldn't have to
comply to all requests for public information if any request
cost the town too much time and money to fulfill.
Webb suggested the policy at last week's Select Board meeting
held June 18.
Webb said he wanted to ensure that "compliance doesn't
negatively impact municipal services."
The information request, which is currently in the
process of being fulfilled by the town, was filed by
Killington private attorney and town moderator Melvin B.
The request occupied the majority of discussion at the
Board's June 7 meeting.
On June 18, it was reported by the Select Board that
fulfilling the request, which asks for cell phone records of
town officials, emails over the last three years and other
documentation, could cost the town more than $25,000 and take 40
The draft policy could include a form that the town will create
to give to members of the public who request information, providing
the cost to fulfill the request and a list of 39 exemptions the
town has to the state's public information law, according to
Select Board Chairman Chris Bianchi said the Board is currently
waiting on a response from Neisner on the cost of fulfilling his
Neisner did not respond to a call to his office for comment on the
Cristina Kumka is a correspondent for The
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