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The Neligh City Council skipped a procedural step during its November meeting as it entered executive session. The error did not impact any action items and had no effect on official City business.
Council members entered executive session on Nov. 13 for salary and contract negotiations for Superintendent Dean Bly but neglected to take a roll call vote after the motion by Steph Wanek was seconded by Ted Hughes. Not taking roll call is contrary of the Nebraska Open Meetings Act.
After leaving the closed session, the council then unanimously approved giving Bly a raise, making his annual salary $64,000. The action with a motion, second and roll call vote on Bly’s raise all occurred in open session.
City officials have acknowledged an unintentional procedural error before entering closed session. Per state statute, there likely will not be a penalty for the procedural error since it was unintentional and no action took place in closed session.
The meeting was live streamed on the Antelope County News Facebook page.