To find out if they have been breaking the law for nine years, Hampstead Town Council members will have a closed session with their lawyer after the next public meeting Aug. 9.
The town may be breaking a storm water management law, Councilman Wayne Thomas pointed out at the last public meeting July 12.
The law states that towns must be responsible for owning and maintaining storm water management systems, such as wet or dry ponds, Mr. Thomas said.
The practice in Hampstead has been to require homeowner associations to take the responsibility, he said.
Mr. Thomas said Town Council members voted to have a private consultation to learn more from their lawyer.
"I think it's because I raised the question that what they've been doing all along appears to be illegal," Mr. Thomas said of the consultation.