An extraordinary meeting of Armidale Regional Council will go ahead this morning, ahead of the council being suspended.
The meeting has been called to approve next year's budget going on public display, and it is happening the same day the Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, is due to officially suspend the councillors and name the administrator.
The suspension is for three months, but the minister has the option to extend it.
Mayor Simon Murray said there had been some discussion among councillors about making the meeting early in the day to ensure it was dealth with before the councillors were suspended.
He said Cr Ian Tiley had suggested an 8am start, but with staff neededing to be there, some with young families, he said they agreed to a 10am meeting.
It will be their final meeting before the suspension begins.
An administrator had been expected to be appointed last week, but earlier this week, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall told The Armidale Express that the administrator would be officially appointed on Friday this week.
"It can't become official until it's proclaimed through the Government Gazette, which happens each Friday," Mr Marshall said.
He did say the administrator would be someone from outside the region.
Last week Mr Marshall said he had spoken to the Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock, and her office to secure the swift appointment of an independent administrator to replace the suspended council.
It came as the details of the council's dysfunction was revealed in the Land and Environment Court, where the council had sought a permanent injunction against five of the councillors who had planned to terminate the contract of CEO Susan Law.
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