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No quorum Monday; meeting on Tuesday

By Staff | Aug 9, 2010

David Frundt

The first regular City Council meeting for August in Blue Earth ran into a snag last Monday night – there were not enough members present for a quorum.

Only Mayor Rob Hammond and council members Paula Kelly and Glenn Gaylord were present. Missing were members Dan Brod, Les Wiborg and John Huisman.

The work session slated for 4:30 p.m. on Monday was conducted, as Mayor Hammond reported that a quorum was not necessary, since no votes are taken at work sessions.

But, when 5 p.m. rolled around and there still wasn’t a quorum, Hammond said he was not able to convene the meeting, but he would do so the next night, Tuesday, at 6 p.m.

Councilman Gaylord asked what would happen if there wasn’t a quorum on Tuesday.

“I will call for a meeting every night at 6 p.m. until we have a quorum,” Hammond said. “There are several items which we need to attend to, which cannot be delayed. He specifically referred to the sale of $2.5 million in municipal bonds, and the petition to put the question of eliminating wards in the city on the November ballot.

Hammond said he feared there may be at least one council member who was boycotting the meeting in an attempt to stall action on the petition.

“I sincerely hope that is not the case,” the mayor said.

Later it was determined that both Huisman and Brod were on vacation, and that Wiborg had had a doctors appointment.

The meeting on Tuesday had a quorum, and was held in an abbreviated form.