Chairman's Motion Delayed

Published 3:21 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2012

CUMBERLAND – After holding a joint work session with the County's Planning Commission on Monday and before voting to go into closed session, Cumberland County's Board of Supervisors Chairman, David Meinhard, District Four, made a motion to amend the Board's agenda for the evening, which would have added an action item after returning from closed session.

Chairman Meinhard's motion was to offer a contract to a county administrator and county attorney.

After the motion was made, County Administrator Judy Ownby suggested to the Board that the meeting had not been called with the intent to take any action.

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And so the Supervisors just decided to enter into closed session without taking action on the proposed motion that was made but the Chairman did request that Ms. Ownby put the item on the agenda for the Board's March 5 called special meeting. That meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

When contacted by The Herald on Tuesday morning Meinhard said, “What I was making, a motion, was to amend the agenda so that with the closed session and the completion of the closed session, we would have been able to take that action but that didn't happen…It didn't matter which way it went, whether it was for an attorney and for an administrator or for an administrator/attorney combined.”

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