NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A 2018 vote by Nashville’s Metropolitan Sports Authority to award a $192 million contract for construction of a major league soccer stadium is void after a judge ruled the panel violated the state’s Open Meetings Act.
In a ruling filed last week, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle wrote that the 48 hours’ notice given for the specially called meeting was not sufficient.
Funding for the stadium was a matter of great public interest, especially after a group of citizens sued to stop the redevelopment of the city’s fairgrounds for the project, Lyle wrote. But only one citizen showed up at the meeting where the vote took place.
There was no emergency necessitating the short notice, Lyle wrote. The Sports Authority normally met on the third Thursday of each month but it held the vote during a special meeting on the first Thursday. Metro only published notice of the meeting on the Tuesday before it was to take place. Customarily, the authority provides five days’ notice before a meeting.
Although the 2018 vote is void, the Sports Authority can easily redo it. The penalty for the meeting violation is to schedule a new meeting with adequate notice and take a new vote.
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