Serving on a Board or Commission
Board meetings must follow the Open Meeting Law. This law requires all meetings to be open to the public. Members cannot meet outside of public meetings.
A meeting must have a quorum. Quorum is the smallest number of board members present to conduct business. If there aren't enough members present, the board can't meet.
Additional requirements include:
- The public must be given notice of meetings
- All votes must be recorded
- Any written materials the board considers must available to the public.
Some meetings may be closed to the public. For example, if the meeting involves disciplinary proceedings, labor negotiations, or law suits.
Board members must follow the City's Ethics Code.
All members must complete ethics training within 6 months of starting, and must retake it every 4 years.
Some boards require members to complete the Statement of Economic Interest. This form discloses any financial interests members may have in city-related business.
During the declared public health emergency, the City is holding public meetings and hearings online. Our aim is to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It's authorized under Minnesota Statutes §13D.021.
Online meetings are new to many of us. We've put together resources to help board members and commissioners with meeting online.