Timing is everything

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 09:40 PM.

The Gulf County Board of Commissioners should reconsider their decision to change regular meeting times.

This past Tuesday commissioners convened at 9 a.m. ET instead of what had been the routine 6 p.m. ET for their bi-monthly regular meetings.

Citing a host of variables, commissioners decided last month that morning meetings made a lot more sense.

They noted that the Board of County Commissioners to the west and east, Bay and Franklin counties, held their meetings during the daytime.

Commissioners suggested a savings from overtime not paid by staff forced to work into the evening twice a month and utilities.

And, they don’t really see that many people at night so why are they trying to accommodate the public, which is paraphrasing but not far off the discussion.

Two commissioners suggested an alternative, a phase-in schedule for 90 days that would have the BOCC rotating – the first meeting of the month in the morning, the second in the evening.

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