Commissioners Vote For More Time For Closed Door Sessions

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(AUGUSTA,GA) Supporters say an extra hour for legal meeting isn’t about keeping the public in the dark it’s about not having legal business backup

“A lot of times we go in ten items on the agenda that are on the three categories that we list on the floor sometime we only get to five of those issues that five we carry to the next legal meeting,” says Commissioner Ben Hasan.

“We have some things we need to discuss and do the county tax payers business they have to put a certain amount of trust in us,” says Mayor Pro-Tem Grady Smith.

Last week commissioners went into legal session it went long and that resulted in the first committee meeting being 45 minutes late, but some commissioners feel instead of

An extra hour for legal meetings commissioners need to be more disciplined.

“For years and years the time allotted was sufficient what we need to do is rid ourselves redundant questions and so forth we can’t be an expert on every agenda item,” says Commissioner Bill Lockett.

Commissioners voted to add an extra hour for the legal session but some felt commissioners feel that’s not enough time and legal sessions should get their own day of the week

“Maybe on a Monday or Wednesday or some day during the week to handle the people’s business to say we want to handle so I don’t think that extra hour is going to do it,” says Commissioner Marion Williams.

“Do you would not want an extra day?”

“No not an extra day not an extra hour,” said Lockett.

Commissioners did go into legal session following today’s regular meeting and were told they had ten items they had to address that had commissioner Wayne Guilfoyle saying this will take two hours.

 

Now adding the extra hour to the regular legal sessions is being done on a trial basis

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