If the following two documents are correctly done our city council and our city attorney are in flagrant violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
They held a special city council meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019. They posted an agenda that told us that they would be considering seven items.
The agenda for the special city council meeting on Monday, May 13, 2019 can be read here.
The minutes of the meeting reflect an entirely different story. From the minutes:
“The agenda items for the Regular City Council [meeting] of May 13, 2019 were reviewed.”
According to their minutes they reviewed items from a future city council meeting. They have the right to do that but it has to be on the agenda of the meeting where they do it. In this case it was not.
According to their records they did not have a regular city council meeting on May 13, 2019 but they did have one on May 14, 2019.
The May 13, 2019 meeting was a special city council meeting that had a publicly posted agenda. That agenda did not include the items that were to be considered in the meeting the day after.
However the minutes of the May 13 meeting indicate that they did consider items that were going to be part of the May 14, 2019 meeting.
According to the Texas supreme court “The notice [agenda] must be sufficient to apprise the general public of the subjects to be considered during the meeting. ”
The minutes of that meeting can be read here.
We deserve better