By David Schultz
The seven-member council was already operating short handed at last night's meeting, which was supposed to determine whether to allow slot machines at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover, Md. One of its members resigned earlier this year; another recused himself last week because of a conflict of interest.
Then, just hours before the long-anticipated vote, Council Member Tricia Johnson was rushed to a local emergency room with heart palpitations.
Her colleague, Cathleen Vitale, couldn't believe it.
"I can tell you that never in my wildest imagination would've I had anticipated four of us sitting up here tonight," she said.
So, at the end of a five-hour meeting that nearly lasted until midnight, the remaining council members decided not to move forward.
"It pains me to even think that we're going to drag this on longer," Council Chairman Ronald Dillon said. "This whole scenario, if it were on TV, you wouldn't believe it."
The council voted to once again postpone the slots vote until December 21st.