HARTFORD, CT — Perhaps an indication of just how difficult governing has become in the age of COVID-19, but the state Bond Commission meeting was convened, recessed and then adjourned Wednesday.
Three of the 11 members of the Bond Commission were in the Old Appropriations Room at the state Capitol while the rest of the members joined them by phone. But technical problems with the phone system and a time delay related to the technology caused Gov. Ned Lamont to abruptly end the meeting.
The problems with the 1 p.m. meeting started when none of the members on the phone were able to identify themselves as present during a roll call. After three attempts they were able to get the roll call done and were able to pass the first two items, but the delays and the problems with the audio persisted.
Lamont called for the meeting to be recessed. It was and they reconvened at 2 p.m. at which point they adjourned.
“I apologize for the technical inconveniences and it won’t happen again,” Lamont said.
Lamont said they would try again next week.
Asked if the first two items they vote upon would be deemed approved, Office of Policy and Management Secretary Melissa McCaw said they would vote on those items again next week just to make sure the record is clear.
The state Bond Commission was expected to vote on $190.5 million in general obligation bonds for a variety of projects including millions in long-awaited municipal funds.
The agenda included $106 million in general obligation bonds and $30 million in special tax obligation bonds for Town Aid Road and other municipal grants to help municipalities with highway and bridge construction.