Meeting adjourns without action
by Daniel Gaddy
Sep 08, 2012 | 1704 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CARBON HILL — The Carbon Hill City Council failed to approve any items on its agenda Thursday after council member Willie Clayton refused to vote. Clayton said he was concerned the number of council members present did not constitute a quorum, or a majority of the voting members.

Because of Mayor Chris Hart’s absence, Clayton served as mayor pro tem during Thursday’s meeting. Council members Jacque Roberson Allred, Chris Pschirer and Sandra Garrison were also present for the meeting. Clayton said that by him temporarily serving as mayor, the council did not have the four members required to establish a quorum.

City Clerk Kim Sides told Clayton that even though he was acting as mayor, he still counted as a voting member. Sides later showed Clayton a page from the Alabama League of Municipalities’ manual concerning quorum requirements.

Though the manual echoed Sides’s explanation, Clayton said he still would not feel comfortable voting because the decision could be called into question later.

Despite his feeling on the quorum issue, Clayton said he would be willing to take a vote to pay the city’s monthly bills. Sides explained that they could not do that without calling the meeting to order and officially establishing a quorum.

Though an executive session was held before Clayton announced his concerns to the public, the council ultimately adjourned before voting on anything.

The council held a special called meeting on Friday to approve the payment of the city’s monthly bills.

Clayton also resigned as mayor pro tem during Friday’s called meeting.

The council then voted to appoint council member Chris Pschirer to the position after council member James Johnson nominated him.