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State law requires that a written record, in the form of (at least) written meeting minutes, be "promptly recorded" and be "open to public inspection" by the city. State law does not require the city to tape or audio (or video) record meetings, nor does it mandate a specific ...
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One of the only references to minutes in state law is in the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) RCW 42.30.035 : The minutes of all regular and special meetings except executive sessions of such boards, commissions, agencies or authorities shall be promptly recorded and such re...
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If the committee at issue is a “governing body” of a “public agency” within the meaning of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), then that the committee would, under state law, be required to take minutes of its regular and special meetings. The key provision of state law is ...
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Although there is very little guidance in state law concerning minutes of council meetings, here is what the statutes say. First, RCW 42.32.030 states: The minutes of all regular and special meetings except executive sessions of such boards, commissions, agencies or autho...
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Yes. Court cases in this state have indicated that a member of a decision-making body who familiarizes herself with the record may vote on a matter, even if she was absent at the public hearing regarding the matter. See Johnston v. Grays Harbor County , 14 Wn. App. 378 (...
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Yes, but it might not prove to be cost effective. RCW 43.09.230 specifies that the annual reports shall be certified by the Office of the State Auditor. Also, RCW 43.09.260 gives the Office of the State Auditor the power to examine all the financial affairs of every public...
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Yes. A governing body is authorized under RCW 42.30.110 (1)(a) to "consider matters affecting national security" in executive session.  Given the events of September 11, 2001, the threat of a terrorist attack or sabotage or the like clearly implicates national security issues...
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In our opinion, a library amnesty program or fee waiver program for lost or damaged items is not a prohibited gift of public funds when it: (1) is established by the public agency’s governing body such as a city council or library board; (2) states the public purpose with cle...
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Regarding your first question, not only are citizens not "required" to sign in with, for example, their name and address, when attending a public meeting of the board of commissioners, but under RCW 42.30.040 , part of the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), provides: A member...
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Yes, a town’s appointed councilmembers will need to complete the open government training no later than ninety days after they either: (1) take the oath of office; or (2) otherwise assume their duties as a public official. Specifically, RCW 42.56.150 (1) states as follows (e...
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Although there is no specific statutory prohibition on site visits, this practice should be discouraged because it raises due process and basic fairness concerns. Site visits are contrary to the basic concept that members of a quasi-judicial body should base their decision sol...
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The general rule is as expressed in the court decisions below. And, it is reflected in the street vacation statutes, which assume this general rule. See RCW 35.79.040 ("If any street or alley in any city or town is vacated by the city or town council, the property within th...
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The city clerk has many statutory duties, which are spread throughout Title 35A RCW and, to a lesser extent, Title 35 RCW. The following list of statutes covers the major statutory duties of the city clerk in an optional municipal code city (some special duties that come into...
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The county is the agency that is authorized to impose and collect impact fees. As a result, it is the county's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of chapter 82.02 RCW and the county's impact fee regulations are met. The county should ensure that any impact fees ...
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The Washington courts have emphasized on a number of occasions that a zoning or land use permits cannot be denied on the basis of community opposition. For example, in Maranatha Mining v. Pierce County , 59 Wn. App. 795, 805 (1990), the state court of appeals stated with r...
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Preliminary Plat The preliminary plat is much more than a concept plan; it is the basis for approval or disapproval of the proposed subdivision under state and local requirements. The preliminary plat approval is the "project permit" that shows the location and extent of...
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There are some items that have no or even negative value; that is, no one likely would buy it and it is costing the city space to hold on to it. Such property can likely be disposed of without sale. However, it will be important to make a record as to why the property has no ...
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Yes. A city may close a street to vehicular traffic. That general conclusion was reached by the court in Mackie v. Seattle , 19 Wn. App. 464, 576 P.2d 414 (1978). The court in Mackie held that the powers to control and regulate highways have been specifically delegated to cer...
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Please see the following web resources: Issaquah, Boards & Commissions   Bonney Lake, Citizen's Advisory Council Burien, Citizen Advisory Boards Des Moines, Citizen Advisory Boards Normandy Park, Citizen Advisory Committees Tumwater, Advisor...
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