With four members on their way home from China, one under the weather and a sixth with a scheduling conflict, Richland County Council couldn't hold its regular meeting Tuesday.
Chairman Paul Livingston said he couldn't remember another instance in his 19 years on the council when a meeting was canceled because not enough members showed up.
Absent were Joyce Dickerson, Norman Jackson, Damon Jeter and Gwendolyn Davis Kennedy. They went on a nine-day trip to China with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce.
Councilman Jim Manning called in sick and Kelvin Washington had to work, Livingston said.
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"I know folks can sometimes have a legitimate reason for not attending," the chairman said, "but, still, it's embarrassing not to have a quorum."
After waiting about 20 minutes, he canceled the meeting. The 211-page agenda listed 40 items of business.