The city council was scheduled to meet Tuesday, but the meeting was cancelled after a man complained the public didn't have enough notice.
The man, Rich Heessel, was correct. The public did not have the required advance notice under the state's open meeting laws, Mayor Marc Kaschke said.
The meeting was tentatively postponed until Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.
City clerk Angie Gilbert is out of town and administrative assistant Barb Keller did not post the notice of the meeting in the three required places – at City Hall, the Lincoln County Courthouse and the North Platte Public Library.
“It’s one of those unfortunate deals,” Kaschke said afterwards. “It was something Barb doesn’t do often. I wasn’t happy about it, especially considering that we had a lot of people there.”
Requirement - be open
Section 84-1411 of the Nebraska Open Meeting Act sets out requirements for the notice that must be given for a public meeting:
(1) the public body must give reasonable advance publicized notice of the time and place of each meeting by a method designated by the body and recorded in its minutes,
(2) that notice must be transmitted to all members of the body and to the public.
The notice of the meeting must contain an agenda of subjects known at the time of the publicized notice, or a statement that such an agenda, which must be kept continually current, is readily available for inspection at the principal office of the public body during normal business hours.
The agenda may not be altered later than 24 hours before the scheduled beginning of the public meeting.
For the Open Meetings law, click HERE.