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Committee to evaluate county agenda process

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The county commissioners designated an ad hoc committee to evaluate the process and capacity for a hyperlinked county commission agenda at their May 21 meeting.

Appointed to the committee are: John Baier, county attorney; Robbie LeValley, county administrator; Teri Stephenson, clerk and recorder; and Elyse Casselberry, county community and economic development director.

Establishing the committee and assigning its mission is the result of complaints by Delta County Citizen Report for more communication methods to enable citizens to view the commissioners' agendas and other documents.

Commission chair Doug Atchley noted that the county goal is to be transparent and open to people and to help them know when, where and what to expect from the county.

At the May 7 meeting of the commissioners an item was added to the agenda on that Monday. Delta County Citizen Report complained.

Atchley said that the commissioners' goal is to have a list of matters which will go on the agenda available by the Wednesday prior to the Monday meeting and for the agenda to be finalized, published and posted on Friday.

There was a complication with the added item on Monday, May 7.

The constituent had been notified he would be before the commissioners at the scheduled time. The county treasurer and county assessor had likewise scheduled their day to be in front of the commissioners.

The matter could not wait for a future meeting, because the constituent needed a decision so he could move forward with the appropriate fundraising from his group.

Email instruction to add the item to the agenda was provided; however, the fact that the item was missing from the agenda was not discovered until first thing Monday morning, May 7.

JoAnn Kalenak, president of Delta County Citizen Report, thanked Commissioner Atchley for the explanation.

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