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(A) The provisions of KRS 61.805 through 61.850, are hereby adopted as the overriding policy relating to meetings of the Board of Commissioners of the city and of every other public agency of the city, as such are defined therein, including but not limited to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Adjustment, Board of Housing Appeals, Tennis Commission, Park Board, Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency, Ethics Commission, Commission on Human Rights, and the Housing Commission.
(B) All meetings of a quorum of the Board of Commissioners and of every other public agency at which any public business is discussed or at which any action is taken shall be public meetings, open to the public at all times, except for the following:
(1) Deliberations on the future acquisition or sale of real property, but only when publicity would be likely to affect the value of a specific piece of property to be acquired for public use or sold by the city or any public agency thereof.
(2) Discussions of proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the city or any public agency thereof.
(3) Collective bargaining negotiations between the city as a public employer and its employees or their representatives.
(4) Discussions or hearings which might lead to the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an individual employee or member of the Board of Commissioners or a public agency, without restricting that employee's or member's right to a public hearing if requested. This exception shall not be interpreted to permit discussion of general personnel problems in secret.
(5) Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal, if open discussions would jeopardize the siting, retention, expansion, or upgrading of the business.
(6) Meetings which federal or state laws specifically require to be conducted in privacy.
(7) Meetings which the Constitution provides shall be held in secret.
(8) Deliberations of judicial or quasi-judicial bodies regarding individual adjudication's or appointments, at which neither the person involved, his representatives, nor any other individual not a member of the agency's governing body or staff is present, but not including any meetings of planning commissions, zoning commissions, or boards of adjustment.
(C) Any series of less than quorum meetings, where the members attending one or more of the meetings collectively constitute at least a quorum of the members of the Board of Commissioners or of a public agency of the city, and where the meetings are held for the purpose of avoiding the requirements of division (B) of this section, shall be subject to the requirements of division (B) of this section. Nothing in this division shall be construed to prohibit discussion between individual members where the purpose of the discussion is to educate the members on specific issues.
(D) (1) Except as provided in subdivision (2) of this division (C), the following requirements shall be met as a condition for conducting closed sessions authorized by KRS 61.810:
(a) Notice shall be given in regular open meeting of the general nature of the business to be discussed in the closed session, the reason for the closed session, and the specific provision of KRS 61.810 authorizing the closed session;
(b) Closed sessions may be held only after a motion is made and carried by a majority vote in an open public session.
(c) No final action may be taken at a closed session; and
(d) No matters may be discussed at a closed session other than those publicly announced prior to convening the closed session.
(2) Public agencies and activities of public agencies identified in divisions (B)(2), (3), and (5) through (8) shall be excluded from the requirements of division (D)(1).
(E) All public agencies within the city as such are defined in KRS 61.805 shall hold all meetings in accordance with the terms of that legislation and shall hold such meetings at specified times and places which are convenient to the public, and shall provide for a schedule of regular meetings by resolution, bylaws or other means required for the conduct of business. The schedule of regular meetings shall be made available to the public.
(F) All public agencies within the city as such are defined in KRS 61.805 shall take appropriate action by amendment of bylaws, adoption of resolutions, or by other means to conform to the requirements of this section and KRS 61.805 through 61.850, as added to KRS Chapter 61. All bylaws, resolutions or other action deemed to be taken shall be in writing, submitted to the Legal Department of the city for approval, and placed on file in the office of the Clerk of the city for public inspection.
('83 Code, § 30.01) (Ord. 24, passed 7-2-74)