Submitting Meeting Notices
The complete instructions and order of operations is listed below.
Public Body: Review the City's Clerks daily deadline for submitting Meeting Notices. Will create or edit the Calendar Event related to this meeting.
Public Body: Create a typed meeting notice, save it as a PDF, the file's name should contain the name of the Public Body and the Date of the Meeting.
City Clerk: Will link the Meeting Notice document to the Calendar Event and the Public Body's webpage. As well as maintain a physical copy for the City's records.
City Clerk: Notify the Public Body via email confirming the meeting has been posted and filed with the Clerk's Office.
Public Body: Should review the City's Calendar for accuracy.
Also found on this webpage is additional information regarding the Open Meeting Law and the meeting posting process
What Board, Committees, Commissions and other Public Bodies of City of Gloucester need to know. Meeting Notices must be filed with the City Clerk's Office. The City Clerk's Office will post all compliant meeting notices at least 48 hours in advance of the public meeting, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays.
Per the Open Meeting Law, meeting notices must:
Be posted at least 48 hours in advance of the public meeting, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays (City Clerk)
Be in a legible, easily understandable format; (Public Body)
Contain the date, time and place of the meeting; (Public Body)
Lists the topics that the Chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting with sufficient specificity to advise the public of the issues the public body will discuss (Public Body)
The date and time that the notice was posted is conspicuously recorded on the notice. (City Clerks)
Public Bodies , must create a meeting notice that are (2) in a l egible, easily understandable format; (3) contain the date, time and place of the meeting; (4) lists the topics that the Chair reasonably anticipates will be discussed at the meeting with sufficient specificity to advise the public of the issues the public body will discuss (often referred to as agenda). Below is a Word Document that can be used as a template for creating meeting notices.
Template Meeting Notice (Word Document)
The Clerk's Office will post meeting notices both a physical copy at City Hall and an electronic copy on the City's Website. To allow for enough time to meet (1) at least 48 hours in advance of the public meeting, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays , the Clerk's Office will post meeting notices at 2:30 pm Monday thru Thursday and at 11:30am on Friday and must receive a complete meeting notice (see Public Bodies section above) 50 hours ( excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays) ahead of the meeting time, which is 2 hours ahead of the 48 hours mandatory minimum.
For example: A Monday 9am meeting, will need to received by the Clerks Office before 2:30pm Wednesday, as 2:30 PM would be the latest deadline to have the Clerks Office post the meeting notice and be compliant.
The chart below shows the daily deadlines and the earliest a meeting could occur if it was received by the day's deadline.
Monday 2:30 PM
Wednesday 4:30 PM
Tuesday 2:30 PM
Thursday 4:30 PM
Wednesday 2:30 PM
Friday 4:30 PM
Thursday 2:30 PM
Monday 4:30 AM
The Open Meeting Law
The Open Meeting Law supports the principle that the democratic process depends on the public having knowledge about the considerations underlying governmental action. The Open Meeting Law therefore requires that most meetings of public bodies be held in public.
For more information please consult with Attorney General's Office,
Open Meeting Law Training
The Attorney General's Office holds free educational forums throughout the state. The AG’s Office will also offer a live web-based training on the law. These workshops provide an update on and guidance about compliance with the Open Meeting Law.
For more information on training from the Attorney General's Office,
please visit their website
The City of Gloucester hosted a training on April 7th, 2015. The presentation used is available for reference: