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Man takes out frustrations over minutes on City Council

An Idlebrook Drive man directed criticism at the Charlotte City Council Monday, claiming that not all of the minutes from meetings on the Independence Boulevard Area Plan have been made public.

Chris Bakis said the most recent minutes posted on the city’s website were from Jan. 18, even though there have been seven meetings in March. The minutes from those seven meetings have not been posted, he said.

Bakis said not posting the minutes is a violation of the civil rights of residents in Charlotte. He said he hopes the period for public comments will be extended because of the lack of access to the minutes.

The council took no action on Bakis’ request.

It’s not the first time a request has been made to extend the public comment period for the Independence Boulevard plan. The council has already extended the deadline to 7 p.m. Monday at the request of members of the public. Other residents want the council to postpone a decision on the plan until a study by the Urban Land Institute is complete.

Approval of the Independence Boulevard plan, which calls for a cloverleaf-style interchange, among other things, is expected at a May 9 council meeting.

Tara Ramsey can be reached at tara.ramsey@mecktimes.com.

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