HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –Huntsville City Councilman Bill Kling has resigned from the Huntsville Housing Authority’s Advisory Council. Kling resigned after he says he felt the council could begin to violate Alabama’s open meeting laws.
“I talked to an outside attorney who does work for the city,” Kling says. “His strong recommendation was that it would be a violation of the Alabama open meetings law.”
The advisory council was formed last year after the Huntsville Housing Authority received negative feedback from the public over some of its past decisions.
Kling, who invited WHNT News 19 to attend the council’s first meeting in December, says after our cameras left, the council discussed blocking the public and media from future meetings.
“I think the committee has a great group of people from throughout the city,” Kling says. They are the type of folks who I think can do some good things. It’s just that after getting this opinion from the outside attorney that it would violate the open meetings act I just felt that I as an elected official I could not be a member of that committee.”
Kling says he actually resigned back in early January. Michael Lundy, the Housing Authority’s Executive Director told our news partner The Huntsville Times, that he doesn’t believe the advisory council is a governmental body and is therefore not subject to state open meeting laws.
Kling says that while he’s not longer on the advisory council, he wishes them well.