BOCC urged to set new tone for 2014

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 09:51 AM.

Commissioner Ward McDaniel began Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners by speaking about a new atmosphere for discourse among commissioners, staff and the public.

A resident later seconded that emotion to thunderous and sustained applause from a standing-room-only crowd spilling out of the meeting room.

The first meeting of 2014 brought a discussion about what had transpired in 2013, particularly the last few months when the temperature for discussion among commissioners and staff had reached boiling levels, including the calling of deputies at the end of the final emergency meeting of the year.

McDaniel, who began his yearlong tenure as BOCC chair, sought to navigate a different path from the outset.

Before the BOCC got down to business, McDaniel left the podium for the public lectern to say that a state law passed in 2013 had set parameters for conducting public meetings and the BOCC had in turn adopted rules for public input into meetings.

Saying that what he proposed was no reflection on past chairmen, only a reflection of that state law, McDaniel said, “This year will be different. I will conduct the meetings differently than they have in the past.”

He said he wanted discussion among commissioners, staff and the public to be “professional, kind and courteous” and said the meeting room was no place to air “dirty laundry.”

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