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Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

Staff, board communications

As a third meeting devolved into debate over the Americus Ditch project, commissioners and staff spent nearly an hour heatedly dissecting communications and the dissemination of information between commissioners and staff.

Americus Ditch, a $1 million project some six years old but the focus of questions raised by a resident and Bryan in recent months, was the launching pad for discussion on broader issues.

Bryan, who has said from the outset her questions were less about one project and more about county bid policies, and county administrator Don Butler exchanged testy words regarding requests for information from Bryan and Butler’s handling of those requests.

Brad Bailey and later Ralph Rish spoke to the board about false statements they alleged were made from the podium by resident Bill Koran and Bryan, but for commissioners the discussion spun into a debate regarding the demands put on staff for information.

By the end, commissioners had approved – 4-1 with Bryan dissenting – mandating that requests for information or work from county staff deemed by Butler to be outside the norms of current operations come to the board for approval.

Bryan protested, saying the board should not be weighing in on how one commissioner asks for and receives information.

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