10/29 11:00 p.m. UPDATE: Before the meeting could get underway, discussions heated up as members of the council accused Mayor Kenny Wright with conducting city business pertaining to the downtown tunnel closures without including council members.
Mayor Wright said he was disappointed at the accusation and wanted to have the meeting in open session.
"…the information that has been put out this week about the mayor keeping you in the dark and not notifying you, it's not true and I'd rather we discuss this in open session because it is public," Wright said.
All members but the mayor voted to close the meeting and so Mayor Wright left. The meeting lasted about 20 minutes. As Councilman Bill Moody left, he said, “I think communication is going to be much better ... Time will tell, but I think it will be better."
PORTSMOUTH---Portsmouth Mayor Kenny Wright is opening up about accusations that he kept other council members in the dark over new plans at the Downtown Tunnel.
"It appears someone wants to make issues out of things because we love drama in this city," Wright told 13News Now reporter Philip Townsend Monday.
Council members are getting together for a closed meeting Monday night at 6 p.m. following the mayor's involvement in the change in Downtown Tunnel closure plans.
Council member Elizabeth Psimas says Wright wasn't open about meetings he had with VDOT officials last week.
"It's an ongoing problem," Psimas said. "This was the straw that broke the camels back."
Wright admits it may have been a small misstep, but he also argues that council knew VDOT would be making a decision about new closure plans last Wednesday.
"Looking back I probably should have shared that with them, but it shouldn't of been a deal breaker," Wright said.