Reno meeting legitimacy questioned
BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
The first of two July meetings of the Reno city council lasted fewer than five minutes.
But no one left, and discussions continued for more than an hour after Mayor Eric Hunter declared the meeting over.
An agenda item to adopt a Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) required that a two-thirds “super-majority” – in this case four of the five council members – be present at the meeting in order to establish a quorum.
With council members John Basham out sick and Larry Trammell at work, Hunter ended the meeting immediately after roll call.
That didn’t sit well with Mayor Pro Tem Bonnie Black or City Attorney Walt Leonard.