October 24, 2012 —
Shohola resident Carrie Thomas elected to withdraw her August 9 complaint against Shohola Township for various violations of the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, which she claimed occurred during a special meeting of the board on July 12.
She claimed that supervisors George Fluhr and Greg Hoeper improperly used an executive session to determine the appointee to fill a vacant board seat, which she claimed violated Section 704 and 708 of the Sunshine Act. These sessions, she claimed, should have been conducted in public.
The new supervisor, filling the vacancy of Nelia Wall, who was forced to resign by court order, was Keith Riser.
Part of her statement said, “After receiving the complaint, township solicitor Jason Ohliger publicly acknowledged that deliberations should have been conducted in public. He stated that there was no intent to violate the law as the improper procedure was a result of simple human error.”
Thomas said, “After some time, I concluded that, despite my earlier concerns, supervisors Fluhr and Hoeper, indeed, had no intent to violate the Sunshine Act. Rather, they carelessly failed to take the time to consider that there is a legally mandated way to make an appointment to fill a vacancy in an elected office.”
Neither the supervisors nor Ohliger commented.