Once again, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the Metro Council to his house for breakfast.
As mayor-elect last year, Fischer invited all 26 council members to his house. However, plans were updated when Fischer was reminded that any meeting with a quorum of council members is technically be a public meeting subject to open meetings laws. As the law requires, the press was invited.
The press was invited again this year, and, since it’s a public meeting, members of the public are also allowed to attend.
“I guess technically they are. But notifying the media and allowing the media to come in, that is basically representing the public,” says mayoral spokesman Chris Poynter, who adds that anyone who attends will spend most of their time “watching a bunch of people eating.”
Fischer will briefly discuss the past year, but the event is meant as a social gathering, not a business meeting.
“Last year it was really sort of a getting to know you event,” says Poynter. “It’s the first time that all the council had been together with a new mayor. So this time, there are more relationships and we’ve had a whole year of issues to deal with.”
The only other time the mayor meets with the full council is in the summer when he introduces his annual budget. But that meeting is the council chambers, which are a public space.