Here is the DELETED ‘Illegitimate’ Planning Commission Meeting! Oops?! No one in the room knows what Quorum is?
What is Quorum?
A Quorum of an assembly is such a number as must be present in order that business can be legally transacted. The quorum refers to the number present, not to the number voting.
Johns Creek Planning Commission consists of seven members, and four need to be present, according to the City Charter.
The meeting was on December 04, 2018.
With three Planning Commissioners Absent, and two calling in on their cell phones. Only two in attendance, with their personal cell phones, positioned under the microphones.
“Silence your cellphones, except the ones on the table up here!” announced Chairman Chip Floyd at the beginning of the meeting. Cackle, cackle…
Reasons for Rules & Procedures
According to BoardEffect, the Role of the Chair holds an important position with regard to assuring that all votes taken are official….If there is no prospect of there being a quorum, the chairman should announce that there is no quorum and no official business will be conducted.
If the chair begins the meeting without a quorum present and a member is speaking on an issue, that member may not be interrupted for the purpose of stating that a quorum is not present….In the event that no quorum is present, the secretary should reflect in the minutes how many members were present, that a quorum was not achieved, and the date and time of the rescheduled meeting. The minutes could also include a statement that non-binding discussions were held.
Following quorum protocols, keeps an organization balanced and democratic. While the board chair holds the primary responsibility for establishing and announcing the existence of a quorum, all board members should hold the chair accountable for adhering to proper parliamentary procedure, as a system of checks and balances.
This video was Deleted by City Staff from the Johns Creek Government website. We received the video through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act Requests).
The Meeting was held again, the following month. The costs are unknown. Nor the cost to the applicant, in time and money. Who had to present their arguments for their zoning request a second time.
Mayor Bodker reappointed both Chairman Chip Floyd & Emmett Shaffer a few months later.
We’ve reported about Mayor Bodker’s Failure to Appoint Committee & Board Members to the Planning Commission in a timely manner. He recycles and reappoints the same people, regardless of their work quality.
What are your thoughts on this Illegitimate Planning Commission Meeting?
Lastly, if the Planning Commission Members don’t know the law and rules now or have the wherewithal to research them beforehand. Will they in the future before making decisions or votes?
Source: City of Johns Creek