Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


April 29, 2014

Lack of quorum blamed for council meeting issues

CUNEY — Yet another attempt to cancel the upcoming municipal election in Cuney has fallen by the wayside with the cancelation of a city council meeting Monday due to a lack of quorum.

“There was no meeting, because we had no quorum, the absentee member was Grace (Beal, one of the town's aldermen),” said Mayor Pro Tem Charles Cross, adding that to his knowledge, no future meeting has been announced.

“The same situation last week is the same today: Absentee is Grace Beal. She's the problem,” he said.

Places 2 and 4 on the Cuney City Council up for election attracted no candidates during a filing period held earlier this year, while Place 6 – which doubles as the mayor's position – drew a single candidate, Cross.

For the past several months, called meetings to cancel the election have been called off because of a lack of quorum.

Spokeswoman Alicia Pierce of the Texas Secretary of State's Office said that legally, while there is no formal deadline to cancel an election, “for practical purposes, it should be done before early voting begins and mail-out ballots go out.”

City Secretary Brenda Lankford was not available Tuesday afternoon for comment about whether the city is holding early voting; city offices are open between 8 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

Four places on the six-seat city council are filled positions; all four members must be present at meetings to constitute a quorum.

Beal, who filed an application for Place 6 on the council on the final filing date, said her application was not considered and has raised concerns that the May election would be canceled before her concerns were addressed about hers and another applicant's forms.


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