BOCC urged to set new tone for 2014

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

Rather than approve the letter, she said, staff and county attorney Jeremy Novak should use the letter as foundation for a scope of work so all were on the same page moving forward.

Commissioner Warren Yeager, an employee of Preble Rish, abstained and McDaniel and Commissioner Tan Smiley supported the motion.

Commissioner Carmen McLemore, who has been at odds with Bryan since her arrival on the BOCC, said he opposed waiting and that he believed Preble Rish might pull the letter if the BOCC could not make a final decision on Rish’s proposal.

Bryan said it was only prudent for the parties to craft a scope of services everybody could agree on before moving ahead. The scope will be brought to the BOCC during the Jan. 28 regular meeting.


Smiley spent his speaking time on a familiar topic – urging consolidation between the county and city of Port St. Joe on law enforcement and a building department.

Noting that he is “handcuffed” because much of his district is within the city limits, denying Smiley as many opportunities as other county commissioners, Smiley said his suggestions had fallen on deaf ears with city commissioners.

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