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Special council meeting to be held following abrupt end of Wednesday meeting

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Posted: Sep 28, 2011 10:59 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Sep 28, 2011 10:59 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: council, quorum, Wednesday, meeting, Galvez plaza, library

BATON ROUGE- A special meeting of the Metro Council will be called to finish business leftover by a sudden end to Wednesday's council meeting because of a lack of a quorum.

The council was just starting to address the million dollar Galvez Plaza project, and a deal discussed between the administration and the mayor pro tem, to shift money in order to get a canopy plan okay'd in exchange for repairing bridges.

Council members Bones Addison and Scott Wilson stepped out of the room to discuss the item privately before conversation started. Denise Marcelle joined them once talk began. While Joel Boe' was waiting for more information, it was discovered not enough members were left in the room, because Smokie Bourgeois left to go to the bathroom.

Without a quorum, the meeting had to end for the night.

Many people were confused and angry by the sudden shutdown of the meeting. Every council member we talked to said it wasn't on purpose.

Denise Marcelle said, "I've never seen this happen and it's very unfortunate because I think we have a lot to take care of in the city."

"The frustrating part is that we continue to talk about these items such as the canopy, week after week after week, and once again another week passes and we don't have a resolution to it, didn't even have the discussion because we didn't have a quorum," said Joel Boe'.

"It can't be explained by me or anyone else because it just happened and now we have to deal with it, make sure it doesn't happen again in history and take care of business," said Mayor Pro Tem Mike Walker.

The Galvez Plaza item was left without discussion or a vote, and the talk about changing the downtown library project from a new $19 million building to a scaled-back renovation.

The council will hold a special-called meeting to deal with those items, and move all the rest to another council meeting.

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