The public agenda

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 09:22 AM.

And participated, in some cases, with gusto and the same venom expressed not only by some members of the public, granted every time extension desired to grind axes, but by a former commissioner who no longer cared who or what was left along the roadside as he bulldozed out of town.

Where, for example, was Smiley when his fellow commissioners were making a public piñata of a former Tourist Development Council director, accusing him and others of illegal acts that proved wildly unfounded?

Or when his predecessor as chair was alleging crimes by individuals that, again, were unfounded?

What did any of that have to do with county business? How did any of it promote statesmanship and professionalism Smiley said he hoped for during the last meeting?

While commissioners usually turn a deaf ear to the mere suggestion that other governmental entities might have some things right, the BOCC could go a long way toward promoting transparency and professionalism by tweaking its agenda.

As in actually presenting one.

Yes, the BOCC every two weeks sends out an agenda of what is coming up but the document reads the same save for those times when outside agency representatives or citizens request time for a specific topic.

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