Council holds secret talks about possible public meetings

Anna Verna

Link: Council meeting on public meetings held in secret [DN]

Verna seemed surprised after the meeting, held in her office, to learn that reporters considered the closure a violation of the state's Sunshine Act.

"If this is against the law, that's news to me," Verna said.

The Sunshine Act defines a public meeting as: "Any prearranged gathering of an agency which is attended or participated in by a quorum of the members of an agency held for the purpose of deliberating agency business or taking official action."

With 17 members, Council reaches quorum when nine are present.

Verna said that the Council members, all Democrats as far as reporters could tell from out in the hallway, were discussing whether to move some public hearings on the budget out into community forums instead of holding them only in City Hall.