By Roger Utnehmer
The chair of the Kewaunee County township of Carlton used a four-letter word to describe the state open meetings law that requires government officials to notify the news media in advance of meetings.
Dave Hardtke responded to a request to notify DoorCountyDailyNews.com about town meetings and the matters to be discussed, calling the requirement “just wrong.” Hardtke said the law that is designed to keep the public informed about the activities of local government is “ridiculous.”
Legislators who passed the open meetings law, Hardtke said, don’t know what’s going on in local government. The requirement to post agendas of town meetings and notify the media, he claims, keeps people from running for local office.
He told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that he’s trying to get rid of the job as town chair but no candidates have come forward to replace him. Hardtke was even more graphic in the use of an adjective to describe the open meetings law.