March 6th , 2013 10:22 am Leave a comment

Quorum quandary a matter of record

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Carter County bore witness Tuesday to a sight not seen since Aug. 16, 2012.

Photo by Danny DavisCounty Historian Scott Bowers was elected chairman of the county's Records Committee on Tuesday afternoon. Bowers said that the committee has, in recent times, been too narrowly focused on building an archive.

Photo by Danny Davis
County Historian Scott Bowers was elected chairman of the county’s Records Committee on Tuesday afternoon. Bowers said that the committee has, in recent times, been too narrowly focused on building an archive.

The county’s Records Committee had a quorum.

But newly elected chairman Scott Bowers says he wants to make that history a thing of the past.

“We’ve had a really hard time getting quorums,” Bowers said. “In a committee this size, if three people are hurt, sick, or out, then we can’t do it.”

The committee was unable to reach quorum in its past two attempts to meet, in October 2012 and in January of this year. In fact, Tuesday’s meeting was specially called, specifically to elect new officers.

After the meeting, Bowers, also the county historian, said he hopes to have a solution for the problems the committee has faced in reaching quorum.

“I’m looking at addressing it, and hopefully getting the commission or mayor to push for an expansion of membership,” Bowers said. “I’ve checked with all of the surrounding counties. Most of them have nine or 10 members, and they meet quorum every time.”

The subject of quorum is an area that Bowers said he felt has been ignored by the committee. He elaborated, saying that in recent years the committee has been too singularly focused on building an archive, and that its other duties are being overlooked.

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