BOCC nixes agenda changes

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

Bryan said the city of Port St. Joe does not even vote on any item not on the agenda. She said her research around the state showed that most counties provide more detail on an agenda as to what will be considered at a given meeting.

Novak noted that the proposed policy includes much of what the BOCC already does in crafting an agenda, but adds that issues proposed after the deadline – the Wednesday prior to the Tuesday meeting – would require written justification for inclusion.

“I think this is an important communication tool,” Bryan said of the proposed agenda policy, which she said would enhance communications among staff, among commissioners and maybe most importantly for the public.

“Every other county has an agenda policy in place to encourage communications.”

She said too many board decisions are made on verbally-communicated information – she cited recent work at

Dalkeith Industrial Park in which the contents of a motion required a special meeting to clarify – and said the BOCC would be better served on all issues with written information in front of each commissioner.

“Small counties work this way,” she said, refuting an assertion from Commissioner Warren Yeager that they do not. “Cities work this way, school boards work this way. Why can’t things be on an agenda?

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