Miami-Dade County Commission meeting called off due to lack of attendance

11/07/2013 9:14 AM

11/07/2013 5:11 PM

Had enough of them attended their meeting, Miami-Dade County commissioners on Thursday would have voted on city-boundary changes, considered a request by the property appraiser to hire an outside attorney and discussed major upgrades to decrepit water and sewer pipes.

Instead, the meeting was called off because only four of 13 commissioners showed up at County Hall. The board needs a majority — seven commissioners — to hold votes.

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa asked the clerk of the board to postpone the 10 items on Thursday’s agenda to the next commission meeting.

“I apologize for the delay,” she said.

The items had already been delayed from a commissioner meeting two days earlier. The board lost its quorum mid-afternoon Tuesday and “carried over” the remaining agenda to Thursday.

Commissioners had already been scheduled to meet Thursday to handle labor-union contracts. On Tuesday, they delayed that meeting until December. But a Thursday meeting had already been on the calendar — meaning at least most commissioners should have been free to attend.

Apparently not.

Only Sosa, Vice-Chairwoman Lynda Bell and Commissioners Esteban “Steve” Bovo and Jose “Pepe” Diaz were in attendance Thursday.

The absent commissioners: Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmonson, Sally Heyman, Barbara Jordan, Jean Monestime, Dennis Moss, Javier Souto, Xavier Suarez and Juan C. Zapata.

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