Green Park meeting canceled because of lack of quorum

Mayor’s appointment to fill vacant seat postponed

By Mike Anthony

Perhaps for the first time in the city’s 20-year history, a Board of Aldermen meeting was canceled Monday night because of a lack of a quorum.

Attending the meeting were Ward 1 Aldermen Carol Hamilton and Michael Broughton and Ward 2 Alderman Tim Thuston. Board President Fred Baras of Ward 3 and Ward 3 Alderman Joe Monteleone were unable to attend.

The second Ward 2 aldermanic seat is vacant. Former Ward 2 Alderman Jackie Wilson, who had served on the board since 2004, recently resigned her seat because she had moved from the city.

Because four aldermen — a quorum — were not present, no business could be conducted Monday night.

Aldermen planned to have a special meeting at 6:45 p.m. to consider Mayor Bob Reinagel’s appointment of James Jones to fill the seat vacated by Wilson. Jones ran unsuccessfully against Thuston in 2009.

A special meeting has been scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Monday, June 22, at City Hall, 11100 Mueller Road, Suite 5, to consider the mayor’s appointment of Jones. That meeting will be followed by a board work session at 7 p.m.

At the work session, aldermen are scheduled to discuss Broughton’s proposal for a program regarding new city residents and residents making residential improvements. A discussion of the receipt of cash payments also is planned.

The Board of Aldermen’s regular monthly meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, also was canceled because the board did not have a quorum present.

Two public hearings that did not require a quorum of the board took place Monday night.

The first public hearing concerned the allocation of $20,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds that will become available Jan. 1. The second involved a proposed text amendment to the city’s sign code regarding the maximum number of colors permitted on certain signs.

No one spoke at either public hearing. The hearings were continued until the board’s next regular meeting, which will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, July 20, at City Hall.