FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — Officials in Maryland have received at least two complaints about a closed-door vote by the Frederick County commissioners.

The Frederick News-Post reports the Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board received the complaints, including one from the paper, after the commissioners took a vote on a $200,000 grant repayment. The submissions claim that the vote on Sept. 5 violated the state’s Open Meetings Act and should have happened in the open because it relates to public business.

The commissioners voted to send $200,000 to the state in order to facilitate the sale of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living.

County attorney John Mathias says there was no open meetings violation because the county took the vote on the grant repayment long before the closed session.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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