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.
"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.