State law requires that a quorum, or simple majority of members be present in order to conduct county business which means a minimum or three members are needed in order to have a meeting.
County Commissioners James Rosales and Shelby Dupnik were present for the meeting, but County Judge Barbara Shaw and Commissioners Pete Jauer and Tracey Schendel were all absent.
After waiting a short while, County Commissioner James Rosales announced that the meeting had been cancelled.
“I apologize, but we do not have a quorum today, so we are going to call off the meeting today so there will be no meeting,” Rosales said.
The announcement was immediately met with questions and concerns raised by other county officials.
County Treasurer Vi Malone and County Auditor Lajuana Kasprzyk immediately asked the commissioners how the county would be able to pay its bills without approval from the court which is normally given at each regular end-of-month meeting.
Neither Rosales nor Dupnik responded to the question.
“This is poor, poor responsibility on the county judge’s part to know that there was a meeting today and... I know Tracey (Schendel) had a doctor’s appointment that he could not miss, and I know Pete had made arrangements to be out of town with his family for a long time,” Malone said. “That is very poor.”
Rosales then announced that he had been informed that Judge Shaw was absent due to a doctor’s appointment.
“I sincerely apologize,” Rosales said.
Among the items on the agenda for the meeting were two items related to amending the budget to allow for the amount set by district judges for the salary of the county auditor.
The same items were on the agenda for the previous meeting on Nov. 12, but were rejected by the court on a split 2-3 vote.