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Open Meetings Complaint Filed Against Belleville

Board met in secret for months to reach sweetheart deal to sell valuable downtown property


August 11, 2022

A year ago, the Village of Belleville had its 6,300 square foot former library appraised at $210,000. This month, they sold it to a developer for a mere $20,000. That deal was worked out and agreed to in a series of closed meetings starting in May. Recently, Josh Russow, a concerned local citizen, filed an Open Meetings Law complaint against the Village, asking the Dane County District Attorney to charge the Village Board’s members with 10 separate violations for those illegal closed sessions.

“While the Open Meetings Law has some exemptions allowing governmental bodies to go into cl...

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