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Council member walks out to prevent vote
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Jul 17, 2014 | 2320 views | 0 0 comments | 35 35 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An attempt to block a vote on a controversial zoning issue was the reason a City of Gray councilman left the first Monday meeting before it could begin.

Mayor Pro Tem Ed Barbee was out of town and Councilman Benny Gray was ill, which left three councilmen to make a quorum for the July 7 monthly meeting. Councilmen Terrell Fulford, David Tufts, and Terry Favors were all at the D.V. Childs Civic Center before the 6 p.m. meeting time, but Favors made a quick exit before Mayor Stephen Tingen could bring the meeting to order.

Tingen announced he would wait a few minutes to see if the councilman would return, but it soon became evident that was not going to happen. The mayor explained to the handful of citizens in attendance that the meeting could not move forward without a quorum and the meeting was adjourned.

Tingen said he would contact council members and work toward setting another meeting date to take care of city business.

In a telephone interview after the meeting was adjourned, Favors said he left the meeting because he felt it was the only way he could block a vote for the rezoning of property located at Highway 18 East and Holmes Hawkins Drive.

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