Time: Sunday January 31st, 2021 at 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
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The elected members of the District 4 Community Advisory Council have rescheduled the formal vote on officers, Senior Issues Representative list, and Youth Member lists with the hope that the appointed members will fulfill their duties by attending the meeting. The elected members have, already, given up their private time for three meetings. At these meetings elected members have affirmed the selection of Scotty Boman for Chair, Gregory Creswell for Secretary, and Washington Youson for Treasurer.
None of the members, appointed by Councilmember Andre’ Spivey to fill vacancies, attended Fridays meeting. If anyone reading this knows the identities or contact information of these appointees, please call tentative Chair Scotty Boman at (313) 247-2052 [Voice only] ASAP.
The Charter requires us to select a list of potential Youth Members and Senior Issues Representatives by the end of the January. This defaults to Monday since that date is on a Sunday.
Why Do We Need to Have the Appointees?
This problem stems from a definition of “quorum” in the City Code that we must have 4 members attend, instead of a “majority” as stated in the Charter. So the 100% of members who attended on Wednesday, and the 60% who attended Friday (assuming there were 2 appointees) aren’t recognized as a quorum by the City Council even though each was sufficient to conform to the only definition of quorum in the Detroit City Charter (A majority of members).
So because of the quorum rule the previous votes were tentative (By so far as the City Council is concerned), not official. Assuming all three elected members are present, they will comprise a majority of the five members in office Sunday night. Two more will be appointed in February from the list this CAC will submit on Monday February 1st.