Charter Revision Commission attends first FOIA request hearing
HARTFORD — Charter Revision Commission documents connecting the names of interviewees to their respective interviews will not be made available by the Nov. 8 election, if at all, according to a state Freedom of Information Act Commissioner.
David Hunt, Penny Young and other members of the commission were in Hartford on Oct. 11 for a hearing regarding a Freedom of Information Act request filed by New Canaan resident and former Town Council member Roger Williams.
Williams’ request asked that Hunt, commission chairman, and Young release all names and related documents from extensive interviews conducted with current and former town officials during the revision process. Names and text from all interviews were released, but separately, so that it was not possible to match an interviewee to his or her interview.
FOI officer Victor Perpetua presided over the hearing, which is the first in a multistep process before a decision is reached.
According to Lisa Siegel, of the state Freedom of Information Commission, “Perpetua will make a hearing officer’s report, and that’s a recommendation to the full, nine-member commission.” The commission will meet to consider the report and make a final decision.
Changes to the charter as proposed by the CRC will appear on the Nov. 8 referedum - including the much debated question of whether or not the First Selectman should remain the Board of Finance Chair.
Despite requests from Williams that the process be expedited to allow the release of full CRC documents before the election, Siegel said since the election is only three weeks away, it’s doubtful a decision would be reached before then.
“There’s only one more meeting of the commission before the election, and the agenda is set,” Siegel said.