It is a requirement of the State of Connecticut that citizens be given proper notice of all public meetings. Public meetings include hearings and other proceedings, and are open to the public with a few exceptions.
The Town Clerk’s Office has a bulletin board where meeting notices and agendas are posted. Meeting minutes of Town agencies are also available for inspection in the Clerk’s Office.
Types of Meetings
Three kinds of meetings are recognized under the Freedom of Information Act:
Regular: Each year all boards and commissions are required to present to the Town Clerk a calendar of their upcoming schedule for the year. These meetings become their regular meetings.
Special: If, however, during the year, it is necessary to call a special meeting (a meeting that does not appear on the regular schedule), it may be called with only 24 hours advance notice. Notice of the date, time, place, and purpose must be posted and filed. Only those items appearing on the Notice of a Special Meeting may be discussed.
Emergency: A meeting held without complying with the preceding notice requirement; however, the agency must file its minutes, including the reason for the emergency, within 72 hours with the Town Clerk.
Meeting Notice/Materials Publication
Agendas of a meeting should be available at least 24 hours before a meeting.
Minutes of a meeting must be made available to the public within 7 days of the session to which they refer.
Notice of meetings should be made available at least 7 days prior to the meeting.
Votes of each member must be made available to the public within 48 hours excluding weekends and holidays.