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Attendance thwarts council meeting

The Demopolis city council meeting Thursday disbanded after barely 10 minutes, unable to meet due to a lack of a quorum.

Councilmen Mitchell Congress, Melvin Yelverton and Thomas Moore were not in attendance and with only two councilmen (Jack Cooley and Bill Meador) and the mayor (Mike Grayson) in attendance, the meeting could not legally convene.

City Clerk Sam Gross said Moore notified the council prior to the meeting he would not be able to attend. Congress, reached at home Friday, said he was sick. Yelverton could not be reached for comment.

Under state guidelines, the council must have a majority of its members present to legally call a meeting to order and conduct business. Thursday night, with three in attendance and three absent, the council was one member short.

Agenda items that were not addressed include the city’s ongoing efforts on dilapidated properties, an appointment to the cemetery board, the review of a wine and beer license, approval of an assumption agreement and three appointments to already expired seats on the Marengo County Economic Development Authority Board of Directors.