Possible solution to the dilemma of elected officials meeting privately, either amongst themselves or with private groups (and yes, we have seen this in Flat Rock) — record *all* meetings and make the audio available to the public after the meeting.
“. . .Leaders get around this requirement by having a few select members get together behind closed doors. Or they may call other elected officials on the telephone and work out informal agreements ahead of official meetings where the press and the public are present.
This kind of backroom dealing has been going on for years and is not illegal, although it violates the spirit of open meeting laws. Now, though, there’s a new twist: elected leaders planning to meet privately with a select group of residents. . .”