Subcommittee ironing out rules to make commission meetings function better still at it

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AUGUSTA,Ga (WJBF) They were taking on a big job, can you bring a change to commission meetings by changing the rules.

“I think so I think we can cleanup out act a little bit we’re never going to be everything to everybody I think you have personalities that are not going to change it’s the way Augusta’s government has been ran you just have to deal with it,” says Commissioner Sean Frantom.

Commissioner Frantom chairs the commission Rules and Procedures Review Subcommittee.

The subcommittee was hatched at the Mayor’s commission retreat last September, where city leaders talked about building trust and improving communications, and whether the rules needed changing to make that happen.

“We want to make sure we conduct ourselves in a business and professional like manner rules simply speak to that or at least they should,” said Mayor Hardie Davis.

The subcommittee talked about how to speed meetings up, how to stop repeated discussions of the same issue, and putting limits on   how long members can talk.

But there’s opposition to that.

“I think the people want to make the government transparent we’ve been hearing about transparency but if you don’t discuss it how are you going to be transparent,” said Commissioner Marion Williams.

“The public was hoping this would solve the bickering the fighting the long meetings do you think that will be accomplished?”

“No I don’t think that will be accomplished because you can’t take a document and try and quote restrict the process of debate,” said Mayor Davis.

Frantom hopes the subcommittee work will show the public the commission is handling its business is a more professional manner and that things will move more smoothly, the plan is for the subcommittee to make its recommendations to the commission next month.

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