Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Open Meetings Act
Overview of the Michigan Open Meetings Act 1976
Is it a requirement to post a schedule of the regular meetings
of the village council?
Michigan's Open Meetings Act, Act 267 of 1976, amended, MCL
15.261 et seq, says, Yes. Section 15.265(5(2)of the Act provides,
For regular meetings of a public body, there shall be posted within
10 days after the first meeting of the public body in each calendar or
fiscal year a public notice stating the dates, time, and places of its
regular meetings. If there is a change in the schedule, the changes
must be posted within three days after the meeting at which the change
Wed like to have a joint meeting with the adjacent township.
Is there anything to prevent us from holding this meeting outside the
There is nothing in the open meetings act that prevents your council
from meeting outside the corporate limits. However, don't forget the posting
requirements. This type of meeting, close to the village boundaries, should
pose no political problems because the citizens can easily attend if they
so desire. But, if your council ever considers a meeting at a remote location
from the village, youll need to factor in the reactions of the village
constituents. There are benefits and drawbacks to meetings like this and
all aspects need to be considered, not just legal.