Archive for Thursday, June 23, 2005

Council to try again for quorum

June 23, 2005

Lack of a quorum forced the Lansing City Council to postpone its regular meeting last week.

Council members Billy Blackwell, Dee Hininger, Harland Russell and Robert Ulin did not attend the Thursday, June 16, meeting, leaving the council one member short of the number needed to conduct business.

Mayor Kenneth Bernard apologized to audience members, and he recognized winners in the city's flag contest.

Council President Kenneth Ketchum, who has spent 20 years on the council, said he could remember only one or two times in his tenure when a meeting was called off because of the lack of a quorum.

"It's rare," he said. "Part of the problem comes when you have people whose work takes them out of town. Plus, if there's a family emergency that comes up, then I agree, you have to take care of that first."

Ketchum was referring to Hininger, who was tending to a family medical emergency.

Blackwell was at a ceremony in which he received his master's degree from Webster University. Russell was coaching his daughter's softball team. Ulin was returning from a conference at the Naval War College.

In addition to recognizing the contest winners, council members also heard from Richard DeSilva, a property owner who is experiencing water runoff problems on the land he owns on Hickory Trail, off 4-H Road. He asked the council to consider picking up labor and equipment costs for putting a new drainage pipe on his land in an area that would channel the water to a nearby detention pond. DeSilva said he would pay the cost of the pipe.

Bernard asked Public Works director John Young to determine a cost estimate for the labor and report to the council.

The council will try again to muster a quorum at 6:30 p.m. meeting today, June 23.

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