Special Detroit City Council meeting halted for Open Meetings Act concern

Council to discuss services contract, adjusting city budget

Published On: Nov 26 2012 09:45:04 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 26 2012 05:31:51 PM EST

A special Detroit City Council meeting on Monday was halted when the city's law department said it hadn't followed the Open Meetings Act.

Bing had called for the meeting in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center to request the City Council to adopt a resolution to approve a legal services contract for Miller Canfield. The mayor had also wanted City Council to adopt a resolution that would amend the city's 2012-2013 budget to address a pension shortfall.

While the meeting was open to the public, concern arose because the notice for the meeting was posted Sunday -- when the building isn't open. It's a requirement of the Open Meetings Act that a notice be posted in public.

Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis was going to represent Bing at the meeting. Bing is out of town for a family matter.