What is the legal method in Neosho for canceling city council meetings, say, in case of snow?


What is the legal method in Neosho for canceling city council meetings, say, in case of snow?

Neosho officials are wondering the same thing. Because as it stands now, there is no set procedure in place.
On Thursday, the city council directed city attorney Steve Hays to draft an ordinance outlining the steps to legally call off meetings. The issue came up last week when a winter blizzard postponed Tuesday's regularly scheduled council meeting.

Neosho Mayor Richard Davidson said he took some criticism for waiting until Tuesday afternoon before canceling that evening's meeting. However, he said there is neither guidance nor authority given to the mayor in the city charter or ordinance code to cancel council meetings in such circumstances.

 Davidson said that in hindsight, the legal thing to probably do would have been to hold the meeting anyway and then call it off if there wasn’t a quorum of council members.

“It might be wise for the city attorney to draft an ordinance specifying conditions when a meeting may be cancelled, and give us guidance in the future for the proper way to do that,” Davidson said.

As it was, Thursday’s meeting was sparsely attended, with only three visitors not affiliated with the city or with city employees or elected officials, being present. Two of those visitors, Buzz Ball and David Ruth, were hopefuls for appointment to the vacant council seat recently left by Chris Wright. Ruth was ultimately selected (see story in Friday, Feb. 4 Daily News).

“I’d like some clarity about what we are to do in the future if we have another significant weather event or disaster that requires us to cancel or postpone a meeting,” Davidson said in asking Hays to draft the ordinance for the council’s review.