Century Council Can’t Do Business Without Quorum; Call Issued For No-Show Members To Resign

January 12, 2022

The Century town council could not vote on anything Tuesday night without a quorum, and the council president called for two no-show members to either start attending meetings or resign.

Council president Luis Gomez, Jr. and Dynette Lewis were the only two members to attend the first meeting of the new year in-person. Sandra McMurray-Jackson attended by Zoom. Council member James Smith joined Zoom during the meeting, but advised the town clerk by text that he was unable to speak and texted his limited input. Council member Leonard White did not attend at all due to a conflict with his job.

Without a quorum of three members present at the table, the council could only hold discussions but not legally take any votes. The council was scheduled to elect a president and vice president for the year, take action on a $35,000 grant to benefit the town, schedule meetings for the remainder of the year, and approve a proposal to make repairs to a water well that has been out of service for about two years. All very important items for Century, Gomez said.

Jackson has missed in-person meetings for several weeks due to a family emergency, but she has joined the meetings by Zoom. Gomez told NorthEscambia.com that her in-person absences have been absolutely understandable and unavoidable.

Due to his job, Smith often joins council meetings late on Zoom and arrives in-person late in a meeting when most business has been addressed. Council member Leonard White has missed many, many meetings. He has said that is due to his job as a corrections officer at the local prison and the inability to get time off to attend.

Tuesday night, Gomez took aim at Smith and White, calling for them to attend meetings or resign.

“You should give that position your best. And if you do anything less than your best is not just for your benefit, it’s for the benefit of the people that elected you,” Gomez said. “If you feel that your job is more important, maybe you should just do your job and be a good sport. Step down and allow someone who’s going to do the town the justice it deserves.”

The seats held by Smith, White and Jackson will be on the 2022 ballot. Council members are considered part time and are paid about $3,700 per year and are eligible for some town benefits, including health insurance.

Pictured: Luis Gomez, Jr. and Dynette Lewis were the only two members to attend a Century town council meeting in-person Tuesday night. Three other council seats were empty. NorthEscambia.com photo, click to enlarge.


16 Responses to “Century Council Can’t Do Business Without Quorum; Call Issued For No-Show Members To Resign”

  1. Russell on January 16th, 2022 7:18 am

    Dissolve the city!

  2. Master Mechanic on January 15th, 2022 8:17 am

    No Show……..No paycheck

  3. I shouldrun on January 15th, 2022 12:21 am

    I wonder if me being a convicted felon that has grown up in Century would be a good candidate for office…#lilferg for city council.

  4. John Doe on January 13th, 2022 2:17 pm

    Wow. Century never fails to entertain.

  5. Chris on January 13th, 2022 7:17 am

    Dane: you hit the nail on the head. With all the big businesses considering Century as their location, the lack of a full quorum is a non issue.

  6. Traumaqueen on January 12th, 2022 9:08 pm

    Who needs the Jersey Shore when you have Century,Fl govt as its finest(insert sarcasm)

  7. Dane on January 12th, 2022 4:30 pm

    Perhaps the missing duo were out soliciting funds to buy Xmas lights for the town to attract multimillion dollar industries to build there.

  8. sam on January 12th, 2022 4:19 pm

    NOTHING changes in century. if you can’t do the job don’t run for the office.

  9. Reader on January 12th, 2022 2:00 pm

    “How about contacting each other to see when everyone can attend, it’s called communicating!”

    And contacting each other is called a felony breaking of the public sunshine laws.

  10. Denny on January 12th, 2022 10:21 am

    White and Smith knew there would be time conflicts between their job and council meetings but ran for office anyway. Please resign so someone dependable can step in; the town needs it.

  11. Constance M Brookhart on January 12th, 2022 9:53 am

    It is a shame that these people do not take the position as important. I would love to see a dedicated council that is business ready. I still have such high hopes for Century and getting past the negativity.

  12. SueB on January 12th, 2022 9:13 am

    ByLaws: miss 2 meetings (unless have medical excuse) he/she will be removed as a member of the Counsil. Should you have a job position that requires he/she to work evenings you will be removed as a member of the Counsil.
    So let it be written, so let it be done!

  13. Confussed on January 12th, 2022 8:30 am

    How about contacting each other to see when everyone can attend, it’s called communicating!

  14. Reader on January 12th, 2022 7:23 am

    Gomez has proven himself as a leader. And he’s never been more right. Smith and White, get with the program or get out. You are stealing from our town

  15. DLo on January 12th, 2022 7:03 am

    Maybe if we wait long enough the Century town government will just dissolve itself.

  16. Anne on January 12th, 2022 6:53 am

    And so the New Year of “What’s Next” for the Town Council of Century and the Citizens who they represent.
    Y’all can do SO Much Better….

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