Three ordinances dealing with the structure of Augusta government stalled Monday when there was no quorum in the city's four-member Administrative Services Committee.
While no action could be taken, Commissioner Bill Lockett said he wished Administrator Fred Russell would schedule a workshop and give advance notice to commissioners whenever a new ordinance goes before the committee he chairs -- something that didn't occur this time.
The first ordinance codifies new authority over personnel given to Russell by the city's new personnel manual. Lockett previously was one of four commissioners to vote against this provision.
"It hasn't been completed," Lockett said after the meeting. "Lots of feelings have been hurt, and it's going to take a while to mend those feelings."
Lockett and commissioners Al Mason, Corey Johnson and J.R. Hatney have alleged the manual was rushed through and may change the form of Augusta's government, even though at least three work sessions have been held on its details.
Mason and Commissioner Matt Aitken, who serve on the committee with Lockett and Commissioner Jerry Brigham, were absent Monday.
Also stalled again were two ordinances affecting the city's Procurement Department. One shifts functions currently performed by the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Department to Procurement. The other is the adoption of a revised procurement code. Both ordinances have been referred back and forth from committee to the full commission without action several times since they were first introduced last year.