McComb will be able to pay its bills after the city board gave a city official authority to sign city checks in a brief but fiery meeting Tuesday morning that ended with one selectman accusing another of injecting “stupidity” into city business.
The board, in its third attempt in a week to authorize someone to pay the bills after it demoted the last city clerk, voted 4-1 to appoint City Administrator David Myers as a deputy clerk with signing power.
Selectmen Ronnie Brock, Devante Johnson, Ted Tullos and Shawn Williams voted in favor, while Selectman Michael Cameron opposed. Selectman Donovan Hill was unable to vote while acting as mayor pro tem.
Hill was acting in this capacity after Mayor Quordiniah Lockley excused himself from the meeting, called by Johnson and Brock, because he claimed he did not receive proper notice.
Lockley asked city employees to produce the paperwork announcing the meeting, but Hill said discussion about whether the mayor received notice should wait for later since it wasn’t on the agenda.
“The matter of you being served or not is not on the agenda, and you know, and as you always refer to, it has to be on the agenda,” Hill said. “We need to vote on the matter at hand.”
Lockley said that since it is a question of procedure the discussion was valid. Johnson, who also complained of not receiving proper notice for the past two special called meetings, asked if a majority of the board had signed the document calling Tuesday morning’s meeting, and Lockley said they had.
“I would like to proceed with the agenda. The statute only requires that a majority of the board be served,” Johnson said. “If there is a majority on there, let’s proceed with the meeting. If there is not, I would like to proceed with a motion to override the chair.”
When Lockley excused himself from the meeting, the board asked Hill to step in, but Lockley said he could not do so because he was on the phone. The board asked interim board attorney Marcus Williams, who was also attending by phone, if Hill could proceed with the meeting and Williams gave the green light.
Lockley said after the meeting that he left due to being unsure the meeting followed proper procedure.
“It is my responsibility,” he said. “I could not participate in a meeting that I don’t know if the process was completed.”
Tullos balked at the proceedings, noting that Johnson and Brock voted against making Myers the interim city clerk during a special called meeting Friday.
“It looks like Brock and Johnson had a change of heart. They voted against paying the city bills Friday, they call a special called meeting this morning to pay the bills,” Tullos said, raising his voice over Johnson, who called a “point of order.”
Tempers flared after the meeting ending with Brock calling Tullos “lost,” noting that the meeting was about appointing Myers as deputy clerk with signing power, not interim city clerk.
Tullos continued to trade barbs with Brock and Johnson, with all three raising their voices.
“Mr. Tullos, you are all out of order,” Brock said. “You don’t know what you are talking about half the time. Chaos. You don’t even know what you’re talking about. It is two different things. You are totally lost.”
The argument ended after Johnson walked out of the meeting, saying Tullos always brings “stupidity” to the meetings.