Can The Venue For A Public Meeting Legally Be Changed Less Than Six Hours Before The Meeting Is To Take Place?

May 16, 2019 Off By Jay Hubbard

The following message was sent out by email from the Town Clerk at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, 16 May 2019.

Good Afternoon,

RCC has expressed concerns for class this evening. So to work with their schedule, we will be holding our budget workshop at the new Police Department. Meeting time is 6 pm see you then.

Thanks,

Bobbie Hatley
Town Clerk/Finance Officer

We have a contract with Randolph Community College, and that should have been taken into account before these budget meetings were scheduled. It’s my understanding that changing the venue less than six hours before a meeting is a violation of North Carolina’s open meetings law, which requires notice to be posted forty-eight hours prior to any meeting. As such, this change will make this meeting illegal.

I guess that’s just par for the course in a town run by elected officials who are more concerned with conspiring among themselves to circumvent legal public record requests than with actually running our town in a professional manner.

November can’t come soon enough. It’s long past time for the citizens of Ramseur to throw these unfit individuals out of office.