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Voting by the mayor pro-tem

October 9, 2009

The mayor is on vacation and therefore the mayor pro tem is presiding at the regular council meeting.  The city is one in which the mayor votes only to break ties.  When a vote comes up, does the pro tem … Continued

Filing oaths of office

September 24, 2009

An attorney called recently and asked about G.S. 14-229.  That section prohibits a person from entering upon the duties of a public office without taking and subscribing the oath of office and then filing the oath “in the proper office.”  … Continued

Client-Related Records and the Public Records Law

September 4, 2009

When local governments retain attorneys who are in private practice, when are records held by the attorneys subject to the public records law and therefore open to public inspection?  The court of appeals has ruled on this issue in a … Continued

Rescheduling a Recessed Meeting

August 28, 2009

UPDATE August 2013: For more on this topic, click here. It’s getting late and the board members are tired, so, rather than trying to complete its regular meeting agenda the board votes to recess the meeting until 7:00 p.m. a … Continued

When Are Public Hearings Required

August 21, 2009

A recurrent point of confusion is when must a city council or board of county commissioners hold a public hearing.  Many governing boards spend a lot of time on zoning map amendments, and those actions require a public hearing, so … Continued

Motions to Reconsider – A Follow-up

August 14, 2009

Last week’s posting about motions to reconsider led one reader to ask a couple of follow-up questions: (1) does a board need a specific rule in order to permit motions to reconsider, and (2) if a board does desire a … Continued