[Revised July 26 7:40am and 10:07 am]
Councilwoman Patricia Anderson marched out of the executive session at today’s special meeting. She took her seat, requested a roll call, then promptly announced that the Council had made a decision in the executive session! Here is how it went:
Chair: “Let it be noted that the council decided not to settle with Mr. Orgeron at this time.”
Town Attorney Brannan: “Just for clarity you’ve authorized me to continue negotiations to reach a settlement. So you’re not ruling out a settlement there just has not been a settlement at present.”
Chair: “Alright thank you. OK at this time we’ll adjourn.”
- The council must not make decisions in executive sessions out of the public eye.
- A council member must not reveal discussions which took place in an executive session.
- The presiding officer of a council meeting ought not to adjourn the meeting before the agenda is finished.
- Today’s meeting was apparently illegal before it started. The Town Clerk posted public notices too late.
- The presiding officer adjourned the meeting without motion, on her own. Wasn’t this parliamentary infraction by former Mayor Lizarraga the reason the Town gave to reconvene the May 15 meeting?
(Orgeron v. Town of Quartzsite will go back to court for continued negotiations.)
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