The City of Pendergrass has agreed to follow the Georgia Open Meetings and Records laws in a consent decree with The Jackson Herald.
The newspaper filed suit against the town and members of the city council after a quorum of council members had gathered for a meeting at Mayor Monk Tolbert’s office without having announced the meeting in advance, which is a violation of state law.
In the decree, Pendergrass did not admit guilt in the matter, but did agree that from now on, it would follow the law with “strict compliance.”
“That is all we’ve asked for, that they follow the law,” said editor Mike Buffington. “Now if they violate the law, the Superior Court will have jurisdiction to deal with the council’s behavior.”
The decree also covers the open records law, which was included in the complaint.
A court hearing scheduled for Oct. 21 on the matter has been canceled.