Q May a code charter municipality’s mayor unilaterally adjourn a meeting of the board of aldermen and refuse to allow the board to conduct business?

A No. A mayor of a code charter municipality may not unilaterally adjourn a meeting of the board of aldermen and may not use his statutory duty to “preside” over board meetings to prevent the board of aldermen from considering, discussing and voting on matters that clearly fall within the legislative branch of a municipality. (Attorney General’s Opinion to LeSure dated December 9, 2010)