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Quartzsite Special Meeting Wed 1pm (Let’s See)

25 Jun

1. Letter from Mayor Foster to Town Clerk Frausto:

DATE June 24, 2013

To Ms Terry Frausto, Town Clerk, Town of Quartzsite

From: Ed Foster, Mayor

Re: Emergency Meeting.

Ms. Frausto

The schedule for tomorrow’s regular meeting for the town council is in trouble. Ms. Bruno is not allowed to reschedule a regular meeting of the Town Council. I am calling for an Emergency Meeting of the Town Council to be held at 9:00 am June 25 as scheduled by the Town Code. At this meeting we will adopt the Agenda for the regular Meeting and Schedule it for 9:00 am the 26th. This will keep us in compliance with town code and open meeting laws.  Thank you;

/s/ Ed Foster

Mayor, Town of Quartzsite

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[Mayor Foster’s letter was apparently ignored until he received this response in his mailbox today]

2. Letter received by Mayor Foster from Town Clerk Frausto:

To:  Mayor Ed Foster

From: Terry Frausto, Town Clerk

Date: June 24, 2013

RE: Emergency Meeting Request

Dear Mr. Mayor:

Upon your request for an emergency meeting I consulted with the Town Attorneys and received this response:

We write in reference to the June 24, 2013 letter of Mayor Ed Foster seeking to call an Emergency Meeting of the Quartzsite Town Council at 9 a.m. on June 25. Such a meeting would be in violation of the Open Meeting Law because there is no emergency to justify such a meeting in Quartzsite. Absent an emergency, a meeting of the Council may be convened only with 24 hours advance public notice, carried out through proper posting of the meeting agenda. Here, the proposed 9 a.m. meeting would violate the Open Meeting Law because there has been no advance posting of any agenda. 

On June 24, 2013 there was no objection from the Council when they were told the meeting had to be rescheduled and held at 1:00 p.m. To that the attorneys responded:

On June 24, Council members Workman, Jewitt, Scott, Orgeron, and Crooks all consented to rescheduling the Town Council meeting for 1 pm on June 25. This complies with the Town Code provisions governing special meetings. The Town properly posted public notices of the agenda for the meeting. 

On June 25, if a quorum (at least 4 members) of the Council comes together at 1 pm, a meeting may be held pursuant to that posted agenda. The Council may also vote to adjourn and conduct no business.

 

 

 
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Update – Quartzsite Town Manager Bruno Hijacks Council Authority

24 Jun

[Corrected 5:20 pm,  4:45 pm]

Correction: 5 pm Mayor Foster indicates that his written letter of instructions to the Town Manager Laura Bruno is being ignored. Foster wrote the letter this afternoon to arrange a 9am meeting. The brick wall that the letter met and the confusion it now creates puts the public completely in the dark about what meeting will take place, and when if at all, tomorrow. It seems that now as a result of the Town Manager’s actions that there can be no legal meeting tomorrow to conduct the Town’s important business.

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At the 9:00 to 11:00 am Quartzsite Town Council work session today, Rain Golden-Bear brought something to the attention of the Council.  The public notice for the regular Council Meeting scheduled for tomorrow at 9:00 am did not get posted … in time. The public must be notified by postings of an agenda, made least 24 hours in advance of such a scheduled meeting. This per Open Meeting Law of Arizona, the very subject of today’s session. But because of some excitement in Town Hall recently, no one got around to posting that agenda.

So, Town Manager Laura Bruno and the Town attorneys decided to change the time of the Tuesday Council meeting to 1:00 pm. So today’s public attendees left understanding that tomorrow’s meeting will be held at 1:00 pm, not 9 am.

But wait a minute. Laura – you don’t have the authority to change the time of any Council meeting. Only the Council has that authority. It is, after all, a “Council” meeting. You have apparently usurped the power of the Council, with the help of the Town attorneys.

It gets better. After deciding to change the meeting to 1:00 pm they thought everything was fine, right? Not so fast.

Again, nobody properly posted the 24 hour advance public notice of tomorrow’s new time of 1:00 pm. This occurred on the town website. (Weren’t such postings covered in the work session today regarding Open Meeting Law?)

Mayor Ed Foster will take the bull by the horns and call a special emergency meeting for 9:00 am tomorrow on Tuesday June 25 to correct the mishandling. All are invited. Way to go Mayor Foster.

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http://www.ci.quartzsite.az.us/images/CHAPTER_2_-_Mayor_and_Council_0113.pdf  Section 2-4-1 Regular Meetings (Ord 89-05)(Ord92-07)(Ord 02-05)(Ord 11-11)

The Council Shall hold regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 9:00 A.M., except when the day fixed for any regular meeting of the Common Council falls upon a day designated by law as a legal holiday, such meeting shall be held at the same hour on the next succeeding day not a holiday unless otherwise noticed by the Town. All regular meetings of the Council shall be held at the location specified in the Notice of Meeting

 
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