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  • Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority silent on order to comply with Freedom of Information Act

  • The Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority Board of Directors will release a statement that responds to by the end of November to Delaware Superior Court Judge Robert Young's ruling that the authority must release the financial records it repeatedly has refused to disclose because of its belief that it was not a public body subject to the state Freedom of Information Act.
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  • The Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority Board of Directors took no action during its Tuesday night meeting on how it would respond to the court order to comply with Delaware's Freedom of Information Act.
    CWSWA Board President Mark Dyer said the panel had no comment and would release a statement by the end of the month on the matter.
    The Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority had 30 days to respond to Delaware Superior Court Judge Robert Young's Nov. 7 ruling that the Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority had to release the financial records it repeatedly refused to disclose because of its belief that it was not a public body subject to the state Freedom of Information Act.
    When pressed by reporters, Dyer refused to comment further on Tuesday night.
    "What did I say?" Dyer said. "We'll have a statement by the end of the month."
    The CWSWA Board Of Directors held a closed door, executive session for about 20 minutes to discuss legal matters before reconvening briefly for Dyer to make his brief comments. Then, the board moved to adjourn.
    Young's 18-page decision was based on the oral arguments held Oct. 1 for the lawsuit that Attorney General Beau Biden filed to compel the Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority to comply with the Freedom of Information Act. Biden filed suit in Delaware Superior Court for Kent County in August 2011 after the authority denied Wyoming Town Councilwoman/Kent County Comptroller Georgette Williams' two requests for employee salary, overtime and benefits information based on her concern for high sewer & water rates.
    The suit also came after the Delaware General Assembly passed legislation to specifically spell out that the Camden-Wyoming Sewer & Water Authority was a public body subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act.
    Williams and former Camden Mayor Richard Maly were among those in attending the CWSWA Board of Directors' meeting Tuesday night.
    "They're just trying to stall, "Williams said. "But, it'll be worth the wait."

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