City of Laconia, NH
Belknap County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Laconia as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-29-1975 as Ch. 3 of the Public Ordinances of 1975]

§ 53-1 Date and time of first meeting.

[Amended 2-28-2011 by Ord. No. 02.2011.02[1]]
The first regular meeting of the newly elected council shall be on the day the newly elected councilors are inaugurated. A special meeting may be held prior to that date pursuant to the provisions of Section 3:05 of the City Charter.
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Editor’s Note: This ordinance also provided an effective date of 7-1-2011 for this section.

§ 53-2 Date and time of meetings.

[Amended 2-28-2011 by Ord. No. 02.2011.02[1]]
The Council shall hold two regular meetings on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. Whenever a regular monthly meeting falls on a holiday listed in RSA 288:1, a day of holiday observance as defined in RSA 288:2, a day on which City of Laconia municipal offices are not open for business, or on Christmas or New Year’s Eve, then the Council shall establish the alternate meeting date and time.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also provided an effective date of 7-1-2011 for this section.

§ 53-3 Notice of regular meetings not required.

No notice to the City Council of any regular meeting or of any business to be done at such meetings shall be required.

§ 53-4 Special meetings; notice.

[Amended 2-28-2011 by Ord. No. 02.2011.02[1]]
Special meetings shall be held, upon notice, at the written request of the Manager or a majority of the City Council. Such notice shall be delivered to each Councilor either by hand, e-mail or in the Council mailboxes at City Hall and shall specify the day and hour, the place thereof if not at the City Council chambers and the purpose thereof or the business to be done.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also provided an effective date of 7-1-2011 for this section.

§ 53-5 Notice of adjourned meetings.

The City Clerk is directed to give notice, if practicable, of every adjourned meeting to members not present at the adjournment, but the validity of such adjourned meeting or of any business done thereafter shall not depend upon the giving of such notice, if the meeting from which the adjournment was made was regular meeting or a special meeting duly called.
[Adopted 8-27-1990 by Ord. No. 179-90.5]

§ 53-6 General notice requirements.

Except in an emergency, a notice of the time and place of each meeting of the Laconia City Council or any city board, commission, agency or authority or any committee, subcommittee or subordinate body thereof or advisory committee thereto shall be posted in two appropriate places within the City or shall be printed in a newspaper of general circulation in the City at least 24 hours, including Sundays and legal holidays, prior to any such meeting. In the event of notice of posting, one of the two required notices shall be posted at City Hall. RSA 91-A, as it may be amended from time to time, shall otherwise apply in its entirety.

§ 53-7 Taping of meetings; agendas.

[Added 7-29-1991 by Ord. No. 198-91.9; amended 2-28-2011 by Ord. No. 02.2011.02[1]]
All meetings of the Laconia City Council shall be audio-recorded either on audiotape or on an electronic recording device. Every audio recording shall bear the words “Laconia City Council Meeting” and shall state the date of the meeting, the number of audio recordings made to full record the meeting and the number of the individual audio recordings (for example, “Laconia City Council Meeting, 15 January 1991, Recording 2 of 3”). All such audio recordings shall be preserved for a period of three years from the date of the meeting, at which time the audio recording may be destroyed or the source device reused. On all written minutes, a notation shall be made to reference the existence of the audio recording, as well as the date of destruction or reuse. The City Clerk shall have custody and control of the audio recordings, which shall be public records until destroyed or reused. The audio recordings shall be stored in a secure location in City Hall. The audio recordings and the agendas shall be public records.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance provided that this section would take effect upon passage.