BOCC nixes agenda changes

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

“I am all for transparency but this is too restrictive,” Yeager said. “I need to make a decision sometimes based on what my constituents, the public, bring to me. It is too restrictive of a policy.”

Commissioner Tan Smiley said the policy would impede the process.

“Government is slow and I don’t want to slow the process down,” Smiley said.

Bryan argued that nothing in the policy would “slow anything” and the policy would make it easier for staff, commissioners and the public.

Bryan said most issues brought to the board – such as the change in probation services taken up at the prior meeting – are not emergencies. She added that the BOCC seemed to be going out of its way to keep the public out.

She further noted the classes she has taken with the Florida Association of Counties and said the board is not applying lessons learned at FAC conferences, noting that much of the training material she has seen was in part crafted by Yeager.

“I want the public to realize that they are paying for this board to travel all over to attend these classes and we are not implementing what we are learning,” Bryan said.

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