Lack of quorum limits Sykesville council action

October 12, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Without a quorum, the Sykesville Town Council could not act on most of its agenda last night.

The charter requires four of the six council members to be present to conduct town business. Only Councilmen Jonathan Herman and Eugene Johnson attended.

Illness and job commitments kept other members away, said Mayor Kenneth W. Clark.

"We can't call this a council meeting," the mayor said as he deleted several items from the agenda.

The mayor opened bids on five construction projects. At the Oct. 25 session, members will probably vote to accept the low bidders, who are:

* Kay Construction -- $48,472.50 for Third Avenue sidewalks.

* J.H.W. Construction -- $11,590 for pathways at Millard Cooper Park.

* Gerald Wheeler Co. -- $34,500 for a retaining wall on Oklahoma Avenue.

* Taneytown Farm & Hardware -- $4,073 for a Bush Hog tractor.

* Carroll Landscape -- $40,013 for construction at Burkett Park.

Acting on a recommendation from the town Planning Commission, the council gave final construction approval to the Boulder Hill development. John Serra plans to build 18 houses on the 10-acre site near Oklahoma Road.

Council members also met in a closed session to discuss property acquisition and personnel matters, and to obtain legal advice from Dennis Hoover, the town attorney. Mr. Hoover said he would advise town officials in the closed session on the status of the town-county agreement for resurfacing Spout Hill Road.

Among the deferred agenda items were approval of appointments to the Sykesville Historic Commission and the formal approval of the appointment of Laura Lindberg as town secretary-receptionist.

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