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DID COUNCIL BREAK ITS RULES?

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Cache County Attorney Gary McKean says the county's elected officials failed to follow their own rules and may have violated the state's open meeting law last week.

McKean said last week the County Council voted to pay legal costs and get actively involved in creation of a water conservancy district.Reporters and opponents of a conservancy district have complained that action was taken even though the official agenda required by state law did not indicate that any request or decision would be made.

On the Dec. 5 agenda for the council, "Water Conservancy District Needs" was listed under the sub-title of "Items of Special Interest."

County Executive Bruce King said Tuesday the choice of words in the agenda was his and that he knew prior to the meeting that there would be "a request for a solid declaration of support by the council for the creation of a district."

McKean said shortly after the new council-executive form of government was implemented in 1987, the council adopted an ordinance outlining rules on such items as council meeting agendas.