Fruita council can’t act; no quorum

The Fruita City Council had planned to pass or consider a number of items at its regular meeting Tuesday evening — including a number of liquor license renewals, an ordinance to ban private marijuana clubs, even an executive session in which the council was scheduled to receive legal advice.

But the absence of three members meant the council would not have the quorum necessary to conduct any of the public business on the agenda.

The absence of council members Stacey Mascarenas, Joel Kincaid and Bob Fuller left the group one shy of the number necessary to conduct the public business planned for the meeting.

Council members Bruce Bonar, Mel Mulder and Cullen Purser were seated for the meeting, along with Mayor Lori Buck.

Buck later remarked that she could not remember ever having to cancel or amend a meeting because of a lack of attendance by council members.

“A good scouting lesson: If you don’t have a quorum, you can’t take any action,” she instructively told a group of Boy Scouts in the audience.

A few items were able to still go on as planned. The attending members of the council recognized a number of volunteers for their efforts in putting on a weekly senior citizen lunch, reading an official proclamation and presenting the ladies with commemorative dishes.

Also, one of the Boy Scouts in attendance told council members about his plans to build a sculpture of a velociraptor riding a mountain bike, which he hoped the city council would eventually install somewhere downtown.

Presumably, many of the items planned for Tuesday night’s meeting will be taken up at the next regular meeting of the city council, on March 5.


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