BOC to become efficient by doing the minimum
The County Manager made a BIG
issue of “Efficiency” at the January 17th BOC meeting.
We heard the word so much during that meeting that we finally
understood efficiency is the reason for everything that goes on
now. We have work sessions because they are more efficient—because
no one has to take minutes and keep up with what’s going on. The
County Manager also said Curbside was inefficient; the new
(reformatted) minutes were efficient. The work sessions would be
efficient and the new charter (enabling legislation) would make
everything more efficient. The new CFO would also be efficient. If
the County Manager liked it or wanted it, it was efficient; if not,
it was inefficient.
The County Manager also talked
about what HAD to be done and what didn’t have to be done.
He stressed the MINIMUM is all that the BOC should do when
it came to meeting minutes, public hearings, etc. Not what the
public wants or expects, but only what the minimum required. When
Comm. Pennamon asked about public hearings before the BOC for
zoning ordinance changes, the County Manager told him is wasn’t
required. Comm. Pennamon reiterated that he thought it should
always come before the BOC and let the public comment to the BOC
about it since the BOC has the last say. The County Manager asked
Comm. Pennamon if that’s what the Board wanted or if they just
wanted to do what was required by law (the minimum). It was
obvious the County Manager thought it would be “inefficient” to
hold more public hearings since they weren’t required to do
so. We saw this type of thing over and over and wondered who was
really in charge. The County Manager definitely dominates the
meetings and tells the BOC what is going to be done. Comm.
Pennamon did not make a motion to have public hearings on Zoning
ordinances in the future, so there probably won’t be any before
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