WARNER ROBINS — The city was recognized by a local group, and Mayor Chuck Shaheen recognized several people responsible for saving a young boy’s life in a near drowning that occurred at a pool party a little more than a week ago.
But no votes took place at Monday’s City Council meeting. That’s because four of the city’s six council members were not present.
The meeting, normally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month, was rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday because of the Little League Softball Southeastern Region Tournament championship game featuring Warner Robins American Little League that began at 6 p.m.
The meeting’s agenda also was short in nature, only including the most recent purchasing bids as well as two ordinances and two municipal court appointments.
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Councilmen Mike Daley, Daron Lee, Paul Shealy and Bob Wilbanks were not present for the meeting.
“I got an e-mail from Mr. Shealy saying he had to park cars at the Little League site,” City Clerk Alton Mattox said. “I also got an e-mail from Mr. Daley saying he would be unable to attend.”
Officials said Wilbanks and Lee, when reached by phone, had said they would be unable to attend.
Shaheen said he was unaware there would be so many empty seats around him at the meeting.
“None of them called me and told me,” he said.
Before the brief meeting was adjourned, Councilman Tom Simms Jr. commended the life-saving efforts of those responsible for pulling 8-year-old Chris Hobes from a pool and performing life-saving techniques on the boy. Among those recognized was 8-year-old Ontee Biggs, a baseball teammate of Chris.
Councilman John Williams took the time to address the room following a little more than a week of hospitalization for an apparent heart attack.
“I’m proud to be here,” said Williams, 71, who was discharged Monday morning after having been in the hospital since July 23. “I appreciate everybody’s concern and cards. I’m here, and I’m ready to work.”