Bryan questions BOCC agenda

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM.

“This gives no opportunity to hear from my constituents. I think things should be placed on the agenda when we are going to vote for them.”

Commissioner Warren Yeager agreed to a point.

“We do need to make sure that everything we discuss, where humanly possible, should be on the agenda.”

The BOCC voted 5-0 to approve the special election, but Bryan later returned to the subject of the agenda.

Citing how the city of Port St. Joe conducts its business, providing a detailed agenda and allowing public comment, but no voting, on anything not on the agenda, Bryan asked her fellow commissioners to consider changes to how the agenda is drafted.

She said having a complete agenda of what will be coming before the BOCC would allow for more informed decisions from commissioners after hearing from constituents and argued that the greater transparency would bring more “well-rounded” decisions.

Bryan also cited an advisory opinion from the Florida Attorney General which states that city and county boards should not be voting for issues that have not been properly noticed and placed on the agenda.

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