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Council cancelled for lack of quorum
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District 3 Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Will Britt and District 4 Councilman John Riggs showed up for what would have been Statesboro City Council’s 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.

So did Mayor Jan Moore, but the mayor’s presence does not count toward a quorum. Three of the five council members are required.

At first Moore said that District 2 Councilman Gary Lewis was out of town but was returning and she hoped that District 5 Councilman Travis Chance would be there soon. District 1 Councilman Phil Boyum, Moore said, was in Alabama.

Some text and phone contacts later, Britt and Moore said Chance was in traffic near Port Wentworth and Lewis was still in Savannah. So about 15 minutes after the scheduled start, Moore cancelled the meeting.

She called it “a perfect storm” of coincidences. 

It was the first meeting to fail to achieve a quorum in 2015 or 2014, and for some time before that.

The agenda for what would have been the second regular meeting of July was unusually short, a single page. It included proposals to create the post of deputy city manager and to hire interim City Manager Robert Cheshire to fill the new position, continuing as deputy manager after a permanent city manager is hired.

The council at its previous regular meeting, July 7, authorized a search for a permanent city manager but tabled a decision on creating the deputy manager’s post until this week. Council members said they supported creating the position, but they wanted changes in the job description.

Wednesday morning, Moore said she still did not know whether a called meeting will be held next week or if Tuesday’s business will be carried over to the next regular meeting, at 9 a.m. Aug. 4.

A work session on the proposed new ordinance on temporary vendors is scheduled to follow that meeting. 

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