In keeping with that, we are opposed to any change that would have the county Board of Supervisors reduce it meetings to every two weeks from weekly.
There are, of course, reasons for such a stand.
First, supervisors are making good salaries and we enjoy knowing they're working hard and regularly at earning them.
Second, people in these parts have become accustomed to supervisor meetings every Tuesday, and that's a habit that we think people will find hard to break. While still candidates, each supervisor knew what was expected. They should live up to that workload.
Third, while we understand county staff concerns that some county employees might be working full-time just to progress meeting agendas, we bet that's what they were hired to do.
Fourth, the reason board packets come in three-inch binders is because of the voluminous material that must be reviewed prior to each meeting. It's a rarity when the binders are not full. We fear by meeting every other week, we're all going to suffer from information overload with the added problem of not being able to go through all of it in such a way as to fully grasp the issues; and we like following government issues.
Fifth, we're concerned, with the short deadlines for many of the state and federal grants local governments seem to desperately depend on, that we'll miss some funding opportunities or special meetings will have to be called to meet the short deadlines. We also are concerned that two weeks is a long time to wait to air some of the important grievances and issues that come before the supervisors.
Finally, we are aware that a deadline exists for submitting action items for each board meeting. If the county executive office is working full-time to ready board agendas, perhaps there is a need for better planning at the department level.
We think better planning at the county would allow the public to have its weekly supervisors meeting while reducing the perceived inefficiencies — which by the way, are also at the county.
Those men making up the county Board of Supervisors are well-known to the public. The public turns out to see them on a weekly basis because the public knows when and where it can find the supervisors on a regular basis. The public has come to expect that, has the right to expect that, and we support it.