Big Cabin Residents File Lawsuit Against City, Say Officials Violated Open Meetings Act

Tuesday, July 21st 2020, 5:24 pm
By: Kristin Wells

BIG CABIN, Okla. -

Some residents in Big Cabin filed a lawsuit against the town, claiming the public has not been allowed to attend any public meetings since March.

The lawsuit said Mayor Sam Yeoman and several members of the Board of Trustees have violated the Oklahoma Open Meetings Act.

The lawsuit said the town posted a notice that prohibited more than 10 people from attending a meeting. It said those 10 people included the mayor, the 5 trustees, town employees and the mayor’s wife. The lawsuit also said they put a police officer at the door to keep people out last month.

According to an advisory from the Attorney General’s Office, in-person public meetings cannot be limited, even for social distancing purposes.

News On 6 reached out to the town and were told it could not comment on pending litigation.