Canceled meeting puts council dispute on display
The Basehor City Council met for three minutes Monday despite Mayor Terry Hill canceling the work session that night.
City Administrative Assistant Cassie Schmidt sent out an e-mail Friday notifying the community Hill had canceled the meeting for lack of agenda items.
Hill said he was soon informed, however, council member Dennis Mertz and council president Jim Washington didn’t agree with his decision to cancel the meeting.
Upon consulting City Attorney Patrick Reavey, Hill learned if any council members objected to the mayor canceling a scheduled meeting, the mayor should conduct one.
Washington suggested Hill call a meeting to order that night and accept a motion to adjourn for lack of an agenda, Hill said.
“I’m not sure what it’s all about,” Hill said of council members insisting on meeting simply to adjourn. “I would have guessed that since there is no topic for discussion, there would be no objection to a canceled meeting.”
The meeting was called to order at 7 p.m., and City Administrator Mark Loughry announced no agenda had been made for the meeting, and he had nothing to discuss at the time.
Washington asked Loughry when the city’s budget would be ready for discussion and where the city was with respect to its audit.
“Staff is working on departmental budgets, and those will be ready for you, but until we get the final from the county there’s not a lot to talk about for the council,” Loughry said.
“We have instructed the auditing firm to go forward with the full (generally accepted accounting principles) compliant audit, and I will bring forward an actuary study for the council when it’s ready.”
Having these two questions answered and hearing nothing more from the council, Hill requested a motion to adjourn, which was then quickly made by council member David Breuer. Washington gave a reluctant second to the motion after several seconds passed.
The meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m.