414.0333 JOINT INFORMATIONAL MEETING.
There must be a joint informational meeting of the municipal council of the annexing
municipality and the town board of supervisors of the township containing the land proposed
to be annexed or included in annexation proceedings under section
. For an annexation
, the joint informational meeting must be held after the final mediation
meeting or the final meeting held pursuant to section
, subdivision 16, if any, and before
the hearing on the matter is held. If no mediation meetings are held, the joint informational
meeting must be held after the initiating documents have been filed and before the hearing on
the matter. The time, date, and place of the public informational meeting must be determined
jointly by the chair of the town board of supervisors and the mayor of the annexing municipality.
The chair of the town board of supervisors and the mayor must serve as the cochairs for the
informational meeting. Notice of the time, date, place, and purpose of the informational meeting
must be posted by the town clerk in the township's designated place for posting notices, and by
the municipal clerk in the municipality's designated place for posting notices. A joint notice shall
be published in a newspaper of general circulation within both the municipality and the township.
All notice required by this section must be provided at least ten days before the date for the public
informational meeting. At the public informational meeting, all persons appearing must have an
opportunity to be heard. The municipal council, the town board of supervisors, and any resident
or affected property owner may be represented by counsel and introduce evidence including, but
not limited to, expert testimony into the record of the informational meeting. The clerk of the
township must record minutes of the proceedings of the informational meeting and the municipal
clerk must make an audio recording of the informational meeting. The township must provide
the director and the municipality with a copy of the printed minutes and the municipality must
provide the director and the township with a copy of the audio recording. The record of the
informational meeting for a proceeding under section
is admissible in any proceeding
under this chapter and shall be taken into consideration by the director or the director's designee.
History: 2006 c 270 art 2 s 10