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Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 7:30 am

For the first time in several years, the St. Clair Board of Aldermen did not conduct a regularly scheduled meeting because of a lack of a quorum.

Monday’s meeting was canceled earlier in the day when City Administrator Rick Childers told The Missourian that three of the city’s four aldermen could not attend.

Also postponed was a scheduled public hearing regarding submission of a Community Development Block Grant application.

Childers told The Missourian that the board meeting has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, in city hall. An updated agenda will be released later this week, Childers said.

Childers also is trying to get the public hearing rescheduled prior to the July 9 regular meeting.

On the previous evening, July 8, the city’s planning and zoning board is scheduled to meet.

Mayor Ron Blum, who is serving his fourth term as St. Clair’s boss since first being elected in 2007, said he cannot recall many aldermen meetings ever being canceled because of a lack of a quorum.

City Clerk Chris Fawe said the last time it happened was Feb. 16, 2010.

Varying Reasons

Childers told The Missourian that the three aldermen who could not attend Monday’s meeting had different reasons for being absent.

Ward 2 Alderman Barb McGlenn was ill and could not attend, Childers said.

Ward 1 Alderman Zach Fuchs, who also is a St. Clair Fire Protection District captain, was at a training “that ran long.”

“He learned that he would not be back in town until 9 p.m., so he sent me a text to let me know,” Childers said.

Nathan Tate, the city’s other Ward 1 alderman, is a coach for a St. Clair Baseball Association team. His team had a scheduled game at 6 p.m. on Monday.

“Alderman Tate was looking at rescheduling his game when we learned that Alderman McGlenn was ill and would not be able to attend,” Childers said. “At that point we canceled the meeting and rescheduled.”

The city administrator said that Tate had informed him of his conflict last week, but would have tried to attend the meeting if it would have taken place.

Travis Dierker is St. Clair’s fourth alderman.

Childers said that in his experiences it is not unusual for a meeting to end up lacking a quorum.

“Although it doesn’t happen in St. Clair often,” he said. “Having three of the four aldermen out for the same meeting is pretty unusual.”

According to Article 2 in the city’s code or ordinances, a quorum consists of having at least three aldermen present to conduct business.

Agenda

Monday’s agenda was supposed to start with the public hearing to seek input on the submission of a Community Development Block Grant application. For more information, residents were and are asked to call Childers at 636-629-0333, extension 101.

During the regular meeting, aldermen were expected to consider two ordinances and one resolution.

One ordinance centers on an agreement with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. for an easement to provide water service upgrades on Pasadena Street. The other bill provides fair housing practices, defines discriminatory housing practices and creates a fair housing committee as required by the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

The resolution would authorize the application for funding through the CDBG program.

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