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Packed Shepherdsville City Council meeting cancelled when 3 members don't show

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New Mayor Brian James announces the cancellation of the meeting after three members didn't show up on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016. New Mayor Brian James announces the cancellation of the meeting after three members didn't show up on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016.

SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The room was so packed for Tuesday night's city council meeting in Shepherdsville, some people had to stand outside the door. 

But the large audience couldn't stop officials from calling the meeting off. 

"We were not able to establish a quorum tonight so we will not be able to do a meeting," new Mayor Brian James told the crowd. Some started clapping in response. 

Council members Randy Hammond, Bernie Brown and Larry Hatfield were absent. 

It comes after a controversial meeting earlier this month. 

The same day former mayor Scott Ellis resigned over a sex scandal, the council voted James into office. One of those votes came from his wife, Councilwoman Dana Bischoff James. 

Brown and Hatfield walked out of the meeting that night, refusing to vote. 

"Obviously, I want to move the city forward. I want to do good things here and if I can't get more support then it's not my problem, it's the problem of the people that were not here," James told WDRB news. 

Hatfield says he's hired a local attorney and that he plans to file a lawsuit against the city. 

He says what happened at the last council meeting was illegal, arguing members needed wait longer before taking action. 

But the city's attorney says everything was done by the book. 

"The mayor resigned at four o'clock, the next regular meeting was at 6:30 p.m. The position was open and the council was there and they elected a mayor," city attorney Joe Wantland explained. 

Some residents who came with questions about the process left without answers. 

"I just don't think it went down right the last meeting," Claude Puyear said. "That's why everybody's upset. I think if they had done a little different it wouldn't be no problem." 

Others told us they didn't think skipping this meeting is the solution. 

"You're elected to represent the city, come out, vote it up or down, yes or no or abstain, whatever, but show up," Mike Hibbard said. 

Hatfield said he as advised by his attorney, Mark Edison, not to attend the meeting. Brown referred us to Edison for questions about why he didn't show up. 

WDRB News was unable to reach Hammond.

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