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


[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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