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Middletown council cancels meeting due to lack of a quorum

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 8/2/17

Middletown Borough Council had a full agenda for its Wednesday, Aug. 2 meeting - appointing a police chief, promoting police officers to sergeant, and several approvals and agreements awaited by …

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Middletown council cancels meeting due to lack of a quorum

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Middletown Borough Council had a full agenda for its Wednesday, Aug. 2 meeting - appointing a police chief, promoting police officers to sergeant, and several approvals and agreements awaited by developers of Woodland Hills.

But none of it was done, as not enough borough councilors were present for a quorum to conduct business.

Present was council Vice President Dawn Knull, and councilors Anne Einhorn and Robert Reid. But council has seven members, and at least four councilors must be present in order for council to hold a meeting and to legally conduct business.

Afterward, Knull told the Press & Journal that Council President Damon Suglia and Councilor Ben Kapenstein had both told her before the meeting that they would not be able to attend because of business conflicts. Neither would be able to participate in the meeting by telephone, Knull said.

She said Councilor Ian Reddinger contacted her about 45 minutes before the meeting to say he could not attend. Knull said she did not hear anything from Councilor Diana McGlone.

McGlone did send an email Wednesday afternoon to Borough Manager Ken Klinepeter and Borough Secretary Grace Miller, alerting them that she was not sure if she would be able to make the meeting.

Mayor James H. Curry III was also not at the meeting, but Curry planned to participate in the session by telephone, Knull said.

Besides council, those who did show up for the meeting included the solicitor, several members of borough staff, interim Police Chief George Mouchette - the only candidate in the running for the permanent chief job - Woodland Hills owner Thomas Kile, others awaiting council action, and a handful of borough residents.

Knull apologized to those gathered, and said that council’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 15.

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