Midway through the committee’s discussion, Councilor Marc Laplante questioned whether the committee should remove the press and public from the council chambers and continue the discussion in a closed-door session.
Laplante said the matter could end up in court so an open discussion could expose the city’s legal strategy. City Attorney Charles Boddy also noted that employees could face discipline in the matter. Disciplinary hearing are not open to the public.
The Eagle-Tribune objected on the grounds that Highway Rehab had not threatened to sue the city for payment, so no lawsuit or even the threat of one existed. The paper also noted that the committee meeting was not a disciplinary hearing, even if it led to one. The committee did not vote on the suggestion to go behind closed doors and continued the open session.