Q If one alderman from a five member board is absent and the remaining four members of the board of aldermen go into an executive session to discuss a matter, and before a vote is taken two of the members leave the meeting, may the remaining two members pass a motion?
A No. A majority of all members of the board of aldermen must be present to establish a quorum in order for the board to take official action. If members of a public body remove themselves from a meeting, which results in the absence of a quorum being present in the meeting, no statutory authority exists to take official action. (Attorney Generalís opinion to Bogen dated July 30, 2010)