To The Daily Sun,
"Tom Tardif has a letter in the Friday edition of The Laconia Daily Sun concerning the meeting of the Belknap County Convention on Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Mr. Tardif claims the reception of the commissioners' budget and hearing thereon is illegal because the same is not included in the purpose of the meeting. In fact, no purpose is set forth in the meeting notice contained in the House Calendar.
I must respectfully disagree with Mr. Tardif. RSA 24:9-a requires only the time and place of the first meeting of the convention and does not specify that it is an organizational meeting. Thus, any business which may lawfully come before the county convention is in order at the first meeting, including the reception of the commissioners' budget and a hearing thereon. The public hearing is informational only because the convention must hold a formal public hearing on the county budget before adopting it.
Only meetings held subsequent to the first meeting must be noticed as to purpose. Publishing a notice in addition to the one required by law does not vitiate the authority of the convention to take action at its first meeting. The convention certainly has the authority to give public notice of items to be considered in any manner it chooses.
David O. Houot
Representative, Belknap, Dist. 3
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