One of the mandates of the Open Public Meetings Act N.J.S.A. 10:4-13 as it pertains to closed or Executive Sessions is that the governing body is limited to discussion or deliberation only. All formal actions must be made in the open, regardless of subject matter.
The Executive Minutes were provided in response to an OPRA request and show that Bellmawr Borough Council discussed and voted to settle the lawsuit during the March 17 Executive Session.
I was at the March 17 Caucus Meeting when the Bellmawr Council went into Executive Session. I waited until I was advised that the Executive Session was over. When I came back into the conference room, Mayor Filipek asked me if I had any questions. I asked if there were any actions taken and I was told no.
Screengrab showing a portion of my March 17 article
Click here to read the article about the settled Open Public Meetings lawsuit.
Click below to see the Resolution authorizing the Executive Session and to see a record of the vote that was taken during the closed session: