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Without Quorum, St. Mary Board Takes No Action Taken On Proposal From Attorney

The city of St. Mary Board of Aldermen was scheduled to meet last Thursday but did not have a quorum and therefore did not have a meeting.

Mayor Gloria Bader was joined by only two of the four aldermen — Jennifer Weiss and Jennifer Schwartz.

Attempts to reach Alderman Cody Myers were not successful.

Alderman Brian Helms was contacted briefly by phone, but  only in the process of trying to schedule a meeting for next week.

Tentatively, a meeting was scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20.

Bader expressed frustation at times about the inability to conduct city business on the regularly-scheduled meeting night.

The city is without a city attorney or prosecuting attorney, and the next municipal court date is scheduled for Tuesday, June 25.

Weiss asked what the city does in the event of an emergency if three board members aren’t present.

“There’s an emergency kind of, right now,” Bader said, referring to the attorney situation.

City officials, including muncipal court clerk/city clerk David Woods, thought it was possible an attorney could be hired on June 20 and able to handle court on June 25.

The board had on its agenda for the meeting a proposal from Jacquelyn Gonz for attorney services at $100 per hour and $50 per hour for clerical work

Gonz previously had provided legal services for the city when she was with Elpers and Gonz.

Other topics on the meeting included budget amendments and a bill to establish parking restrictions on Circle Drive.

See complete story in the June 19 edition of the Herald.

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