NEEDLES — With Mayor Jeff Williams and Councilor Zachery Longacre taken suddenly ill and Councilor Clayton Hazlewood submitting his resignation, the Needle City Council meeting scheduled for Dec. 10 was finished before it started.

City council cannot conduct business without a quorum, (a voting majority) plus a presiding officer. That requires at least five; impossible with three of the seven missing.

The meeting has been adjourned until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17. A new agenda will be posted.

Hazlewood’s letter, dated Dec. 10, reads: “Honorable Mayor and Council Members. Effective immediately I am resigning from the City Council. Sincerely, Clayton Hazlewood.” That item will join the others to be considered Dec. 17. The city charter provides for replacing a council member by election or appointment. Which, and when, will also be considered Dec. 17.

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