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File #: 2018-617    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/12/2018 In control: Board of Directors Workshop Meeting
On agenda: 2/14/2018 Final action: 2/14/2018
Title: Closed Session Pending Litigation

Title
Closed Session Pending Litigation
Body
Agenda of: February 14, 2018
Item No.: 2018-617
Amount: N/A

TO: The Honorable
Board of Directors
Great Lakes Water Authority

FROM: Randal M. Brown
General Counsel
Great Lakes Water Authority

DATE: February 12, 2018

RE: Closed Session Request - Beasley v City of Detroit and Great Lakes Water Authority, WCCC 16-012602-NZ

MOTION

Upon recommendation and opinion of Randal M. Brown, General Counsel, the Board of Directors (Board) for the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA):

1) Agrees to meet with legal counsel, in closed session, pursuant to Section 8(e) and (h) of the Michigan Open Meetings Act to discuss pending litigation in the matter of Beasley v City of Detroit and Great Lakes Water Authority, WCCC 16-012602-NZ; and

2) Notes that an affirmative roll call vote of 2/3 of the Board Members appointed and serving is required for approval of this Motion; and

3) Authorizes the Chief Executive Officer to take such other action as may be necessary to accomplish the intent of this vote.



JUSTIFICATION
A meeting in closed session is requested to discuss the above referenced matter. Section 8(e) of the Michigan Open Meetings Act, MCL 15.268(e) allows a public body to meet in closed session: "To consult with its attorney regarding trial or settlement strategy in connection with specific pending litigation, but only if an open meeting would have a detrimental financial effect on the litigating or settlement position of the public body." It is my opinion as GLWA counsel that a public discussion of this pending litigation would have a detrimental financial effect on the litigating or settlement position of the GLWA. Pursuant to this provision of the Open Meetings Act quoted above and this opinion, General Counsel requests an opportunity to meet with you in closed session.

BUDGET IMPACT
This request for a Closed Session meeting does not impact the GLWA's budget.
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