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Manchester Councilman Geoffrey S. Black said about eight town employees spoke at an executive session of the Town Council last week.

Mayor Earl A. J. "Tim" Warehime Jr. and the council invited town employees to the closed Tuesday night meeting in a memo dated April 26. The memo said the purpose of the meeting was to receive comment, criticism and other information relevant to town government.

The memo said the meeting was closed because "it is quite possible that matters involving personnel may be mentioned and/or discussed."

Mr. Black said, "The purpose, as I saw it, was not to take action" but to gather input.

He said the council members present, including himself, John A. Riley and Gerald H. Bollinger, voted to close the meeting, an action required by the state open meetings law. Mr. Black said Mayor Warehime, Councilman Robert C. Kolodziejski and Councilwoman Charlotte Collett were not at the meeting.

It is unclear whether the session violated the state open meetings law, which requires such meetings to be open unless officials are discussing contract negotiations, legal actions, or personnel actions related to specific employees.

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