FORSYTH COUNTY — Forsyth County commission work sessions can be a lengthy affair, with meetings often stretching four or five hours.
But the commissioners may never have another session that rivals the length of Tuesday’s, which lasted about two minutes.
Due to absences of County Attorney Ken Jarrard and Commissioners Pete Amos and Todd Levent, the gathering was all but canceled. The remaining three commissioners voted to postpone the entire agenda until their next work session, which is set for June 9.
“We realized [earlier] that both the chairman [Amos] and [Jarrard] were going to be gone,” said Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills. “We didn’t know until Tuesday that Commissioner Levent wasn’t going to be there.
“There were several items that required — or we felt like, the chairman needed to be there to hear — so we were going to have to put those items off anyway.”
Mills said that none of the matters needed to be discussed immediately, and that the decision was made to shift them all to next month.
“Different ones discussed it and decided that it would be better to just put it off so everybody could be there to hear all the agenda items,” she said.
Mills, who has served on the commission since 2013, said it was the first time an agenda has been postponed, or that Amos wasn’t in attendance, in her tenure.
“Since I’ve been on the board, it’s never happened,” she said.
Mills said that since the meeting was held the day after Memorial Day, — for which all county offices were closed — and during North Forsyth High School’s graduation, there may have been some confusion.
“It just seemed like there was a whole lot of different conflicts,” she said.