Two hours into the hearing, a councilperson stood up and walked out of the chambers. She had a conflicting appointment. And with that, the quorum—and its ability to vote—was lost.
Tensions flared in what was previously an emotional but civil hearing, with frustration targeted at the council.
“That was a very cowardly moment and I would say that to her face,” said one citizen. “You change your priorities to listen to your community members.”
“I really apologize to everybody that came that we lost quorum. I guess I should own part of that responsibility that I didn’t point out to everybody what a long public hearing this was certain to be, if you’ve paid attention at all,” said Gordon.
Now, all council members will be able to vote on the ordinance, slated for Aug. 2, even those who were not in the hearing.
Lambert, the final retailer to testify before quorum was lost, pushed the council to allow for further research to be done.
“You guys have got to slow this down—a lot,” he pled.
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