WALLA WALLA — The Walla Walla County Rural Library District board will meet in executive session Thursday to discuss real estate matters.
The board will meet at 11:30 a.m. at the rural district’s service center conference room, 37 Jade Ave., in Walla Walla.
The executive session will be to consider selection of a site or the acquisition of real estate by lease or purchase. The board will adjourn to public session to take any action that may derive from discussions in executive session.
The board had scheduled an executive session for 10:30 a.m. today, but members of the Library Users Coalition and a reporter for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin contested the meeting, saying it violated the state’s Open Public Meetings Act.
According to Alasdair Stewart, Union-Bulletin city editor, the board had failed to provide the newspaper with a notice 24 hours in advance of the meeting, as required by law. The coalition also presented a letter to the board requesting they “cease and desist” from conducting any business or taking action due to the failure to notify the newspaper.
After consulting with their attorney, board members agreed to defer action for 24 hours to allow notification to be sent to the Union-Bulletin.