Council Fails To Meet…Again
Written by Mark Chreene on May 5, 2020
After not having an April meeting because of a lack of quorum, the Minden City Council was set to meet for their May meeting on Monday night. However, just as in April, Council members Vincen Bradford and Terika Walker were, once again, no-shows at the meeting. Needing three members to hold a meeting, there was to be no meeting.
Though Walker was not present at the meeting, she had several email exchanges with Mayor Terry Gardner on Monday. These exchanges were in an email that was sent to the council as well as members of the media. The exchanges were over the Governor’s letter to Gardner that stated because of the emergency orders in place that Edwards did not have the authority to name an interim council member after the 20 day period following the resignation of Herbert Taylor at the end of March. With the council responsible for filling that position, the item was added back to the agenda on Friday.
Gardner sent out an email on Monday morning with the letter explaining the situation. During the off-and-on exchange with Gardner during the day Monday, Walker never noted that she would not be attending the council meeting on Monday night.
Among items on the agenda that were not able to have action taken on included:
- Election of Mayor Pro Tempore
- Appointment of Interim Representative for District A
- Termination of City Attorney
- Hiring of New City Attorney
- Police Department Hire
- Fire Department Hire
- Ordering of Special Election for City Council District A Representative
With the lack of quorum, the council will try again to hold a meeting Wednesday at 1pm in the Pelican Conference Room at City Hall. The meeting will again be streamed on the City’s Facebook page or on KASO AM 1240 or online at kbef.com.