Channel 6 is questioning whether the Sunshine law was violated prior to Tuesday’s Agenda Committee meeting.
You can watch what is likely the shortest Agenda Committee meeting in the history of Blount County.
Notice that Commissioner Shawn Carter was ready to make a motion to adjourn before voting on the agenda. When Carter made that motion, Jerome Moon looked and me and said “What”, acting surprised.
Agenda Committee Chairman Steve Samples told Carter “Well, let’s see, we’re going to, we need to set the agenda before we do that.” While Jerome Moon and Samples were talking about setting the agenda, Carter can be heard saying, “I’m still going to motion.”
Commissioner Jerome Moon made the motion to set the agenda and Jamie Daly seconded it. Jerome Moon voted against his own motion. Why?
After the motion to set the agenda failed Samples told Carter, “Commissioner Carter, now you have your light on.” Samples didn’t finish his statement.
Shawn Carter issued this statement regarding the meeting. In it, he said,
“It took me a couple days to find out what actions I could take at that agenda meeting to stop this media circus before it got started .Once you have 11 people you have a quorum, then said persons can make a motion to adjourn as I eagerly attempted to do.”
Carter implies in his statement that he wanted to adjourn before voting to set the agenda. One has to wonder if Carter goofed up and let what appears to be the plan slip ahead of time since Chairman Samples said, “Well, let’s see, we’re going to, we need to set the agenda before we do that.” (bolded for emphasis)