Sunday, February 1, 2009
Are all board meetings open to the public?
No, not all.
Some of the regularly scheduled meetings of the Board of Directors of the Pike County Humane Society are open to the public. We meet on the first and third Mondays of every month, at 221 Broad Street, which is the Biondo Building in Milford, PA.
However we have to close some meetings. These closed meetings are called "Executive Sessions" and are not open to the public. Only board members may attend those meetings.
Here are some of the types of work that have to be done in Executive Session:
1 - The PCHS assists different law enforcement agencies with cruelty cases. Often the preparation or execution of these cases is something we have to keep confidential per the attorneys involved, or the law enforcement agency with which we're cooperating. When the board needs to discuss and work on specific confidential cruelty investigations or cases, we have to do so in Executive Session until such time as the lawyers let us know we can discuss the case, or the case goes to trial. Even during a trial, sometimes the details of a case are kept confidential for legal reasons.
2 - All adoptions are private. If we have some work to discuss or motions to be made regarding surrenders or adoptions, we have to do this in closed session to protect the privacy of those involved.
3 - Some businesses and private citizens make anonymous donations. They want to contribute to the work we do but they do not want their names published. Therefore to honor that request we discuss those donations in private session.
If you would like to attend a meeting you should call the shelter prior to the meeting to make sure it will be open to the public. Thanks for your understanding.