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September 27, 2012

Judge: Northumberland County commissioners violated open meetings law

SUNBURY — A Northumberland County judge ruled Thursday that county commissioners violated the Sunshine Law by discussions that led to the barring a Shamokin outdoors enthusiast from visiting county land now known as the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area.

Northumberland County Judge Charles Saylor late Thursday afternoon said Commissioners Vinny Clausi and Steve Bridy violated the law by ordering, in a private meeting, that planning director Pat Mack send Dave Kaleta, of Shamokin, a letter banning him from the adventure area land.

Clausi’s response to Saylor?

“I have a reserved seat for you on Tuesday at the county meeting,” he said after learning of the ruling. “Come watch us in our courtroom.”

The ruling opens the land, closed since a booby trap was found in August, for five days. Clausi hinted that the commissioners will vote Tuesday in public to close the land again.

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