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Berry Creek residents sue county supervisors, claim Brown Act violations

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BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. 2:55 P.M. UPDATE - Four Berry Creek residents are suing the Butte County Board of Supervisors, claiming the supervisors violated the Brown Act in connection with the decision to close fire stations in the county.

Plaintiffs Neil Meyer, Steve Sheldon, Barbara Garrett and Dori Hamill are claiming the county supervisors violated the Brown Act in December.

The complaint claims county leaders did not prominently post a link to the agenda for the Dec. 13 meeting at least 72 hours in advance. They claim a link posted on the website was linked to an old agenda.

The plaintiffs claim a correct link was posted after Dec. 13.

The group also claims the description of the agenda item was not clear enough as it did not mention any fire stations would be closing. 

In the meeting, supervisors adjusted the budget and one of the results of that was closing the CAL FIRE contracted stations in Stirling City, Concow, Yankee Hill, Jarbo Gap and Berry Creek for part of the year.

The group is seeking a judicial declaration that the board violated the Brown Act and that the closure of the fire stations is void. They also seek further and different relief the county deems just and proper and are seeking reimbursement of attorney's fees.

Butte County told Action News Now it is not aware of the lawsuit. 

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