BOCC nixes agenda changes

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

“This is to encourage people to get on the agenda in a timely fashion. I am asking for the board to ask staff to work in this direction. It is important things are in writing. We need to be as efficient as possible.”

She asked not that the board adopt the policy, but that staff adhere to the policy as a pilot project through two meeting cycles to determine tweaks that might need to made.

McLemore dismissed the idea out of hand. He said such a policy would restrict the ability of commissioners to vote on a pressing issue brought from the public.

“I’ve been on this board for 13 years and I don’t have a problem with the way we are operating now,” McLemore said.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel said there were aspects of the policy he did not like, particularly a provision requiring a super-majority of four votes from the BOCC to amend the agenda to include a late item.

He sought clarification from Novak that the policy proposed did not derive from state law, but a proposed county policy change.

Commissioner Warren Yeager, who had agreed with Bryan earlier this year about the need for transparency, said the policy went too far.

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