Not that I ever think we are alone, but here's more evidence that we're not, as a town in Connecticut, just trying to get its grass cut, is held up by similar rules:
Killingworth’s governance is managed by a three-person Board of Selectmen. Should two of the three selectmen meet and discuss lawn mowing or any other aspect of town business, the gathering would constitute a quorum of the governing body and an illegal meeting, since its holding had not been posted in a public notice.I have no objection to public notice requirements or meetings. But I would love to see these rules updated for the 21st Century. Especially in a place like Connecticut where some of the communities and their rules literally date back nearly 300 years, the advent of audio and video recording, not to mention electronic notification of meetings can be treated as the evolutionary tools they are that can alleviate some of these scenarios and enhance and improve government efficiency.
With Selectman Richard Cabral not available, and in order to get the lawn mowed, [Selectwoman Catherine] Iino had to post the special meeting so she legally could talk to [Selectman Fred] Dudek about it.
“When I became a selectman, I was told you can’t talk to the other selectmen,” Iino says. “I thought they were joking.”
“I understand the need for public access to deliberations, but with a three-person board, you just can’t have a working conversation,” she said. “It seems you ought to be able to have a conversation about running the town without violating the law.”