Update From Cecil County Commissioners Workshop, March 15, 2011 — After having a week to work out how to document actions for the official record, the confusion continued at this workshop. Commissioner Dunn asked to have a remark he made about the SPCA removed but Commissioners Hodge & Moore objected as they recalled the comment.
When President Mullin took the first vote on the broader amended minutes, it appeared it passed four to one with Commissioner Hodge opposing the motion. But when he announced it passed with one objection, Commissioner Moore said, “Actually I didn’t vote.” “Did you abstain?” he inquired.
With that exchange, a flurry of confusion followed as officials huddled in whispered tones and flipped through papers to see what had been done in the attempt to amend the formal record and to recheck where they disagreed. Commissioner Moore noted that she and the 4th district commissioner had worked on earlier modifications, as they recompared notes. Others flipped through documents to try to figure out how to get the approval process moving along. Following some attempts at additional motions, checks to see where the question stood on the floor, and inquires about how to proceed the elected officials finally figured it and approved those important, but controversial documents. On the last try, the vote was back to four to one, with Commissioner Hodge still opposed.
Readers are better off hearing this in the direct words of the officials. Here’s the link. The approval exchanges start about two-thirds of the way through the segment.