The public agenda

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

Other than that, a county agenda has four or five broad categories – consent agenda, staff business, commissioners’ business, hear from the public – that permit no insight into what might be discussed at any specific meeting.

That is a disservice to all who the county represents.

A perfect example is the recent decision by commissioners to dismantle their own Economic Development Council model for another one.

Regardless of circumstances this is an issue, given we are talking taxpayer money, that should be before the entire public for its input.

This should not be sprung late in a meeting by one commissioner with other commissioners jumping on board the train with nary an opportunity for the public – commissioners’ employers as they too often forget – to weigh in.

And without public input or discussion, commissioners effectively shivved a man who was hired, moved across the country – remember the previous director didn’t live in Gulf County full time so he was of no use – and did everything asked of him and more.

Now, commissioners are telling this director that no, he is not terminated, but he is just working for commissioners in some unspecified role under the county administrator.

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