BOCC nixes agenda changes

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 09:39 AM.

County Commissioner Joanna Bryan has pushed for two months to bring the transparency and consistency to the Board of County Commissioners meeting agendas she believes is needed.

During Monday’s regular meeting – rescheduled from Tuesday due to a Florida Association of Counties conference – Bryan’s fellow commissioners pushed back.

Bryan’s motion to implement a new agenda process as a “pilot program” and “soft rollout” for the next two meeting cycles died for a lack of a second after Commissioner Carmen McLemore said he wanted to put the issue to rest.

Bryan supported a procedure drafted by county attorney Jeremy Novak.

In short strokes, the process would require that any request to be included on the agenda that came after the current deadline for inclusion, whether from a commissioner, staff or the public, come with justification for inclusion in an amended agenda.

The justification would include the reason for any urgency, budget impact and other factors for commissioners to consider at the beginning of each meeting to amend the agenda or not.

That is a similar process to what is employed by the Gulf County School Board, which votes at the beginning of every meeting, to accept any amendments.

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