(A)   Meetings which may be closed.  The Town Council may hold an executive session (a meeting closed to the public) for one or more of the following reasons, in accordance with S.C. Code § 30-4-70:
      (1)   Discussion of employment, appointment, compensation, promotion, demotion, discipline or release of an employee, or the appointment of a person to a public body; provided, however, that if an adversary hearing involving the employee is held such employee shall have the right to demand that the hearing be conducted publicly.
      (2)   Discussion of negotiations incident to proposed contractual arrangements and proposed sale or purchase of property, the receipt of legal advice, settlement of legal claims, or the position of the town in other adversary situations involving the assertion against the town of a claim.
      (3)   Discussion regarding the development of security personnel or devices.
      (4)   Investigative proceedings regarding allegations or criminal misconduct.
      (5)   Discussion of matters relating to the proposed location, expansion, or the provision of services encouraging location or expansion of industries or other businesses in the municipality.
   (B)   An executive session (or closed meeting) of the Town Council may be called by the Mayor or a majority of the Council members; provided, however, prior to going into executive session the Council shall vote in public on the questions and when such vote is favorable the Chair shall announce the specific purposes of the executive session. No formal action (a recorded vote committing the Council to a specific course of action) may be taken in executive session. No vote may be taken in executive session.
(‘81 Code, § 30.39)  (Ord. passed 10-11-88; Am. Ord. 19016, passed 4-9-19)