Question: So how about those emergency meeting notice rules you promised?
Answer: OK, we went over the rules for special meetings last week. This week: emergency meetings. Oh yeah. We know how to have fun.
Emergency meetings are a type of special meeting. One might say that
emergency meetings are “special” special (special?) meetings of the city
council. According to statute, an emergency meeting “is a
special meeting called because of circumstances that, in the judgment of the
public body, require immediate consideration by the public body."
A city should carefully consider whether the subject of a meeting is truly an
emergency, or if the matter could be properly considered at a special or
regular meeting of the city council.
Emergency meetings are called in the same way as other special
meetings—either by the mayor, or two members of a five-member council, or three
members of a seven-member council. The notice requirements for providing notice
to councilmembers are the same as for a non-emergency special meeting. However,
there is no requirement to post a public notice or publish a public notice of
the meeting. Any news medium that has signed up to receive notice of meetings
is to be notified of the emergency meeting as soon as practicable after
notifying the councilmembers.
Written by Quinn O'Reilly, staff attorney with the League of Minnesota
Cities. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 281-1271.
This blog post conveys general information. It’s not legal advice. Please check
with your city attorney before acting on this information.