MADISON — The Boone County Commission had its annual organizational meeting on Jan. 2 in order to set meeting dates, appoint members to committees and discuss future open meeting procedures.
Commission meeting schedules will remain the same, with the commission continuing to meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. and the last Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in Commission Chambers located on the third floor of the Boone County Courthouse Annex.
Eddie Hendrix was once again appointed the Commission President.
The commission’s organizational meeting date for 2021 will be on Dec. 31, 2020, with the Board of Equalization and Review meeting set for Jan. 31.
Craig Bratcher was appointed to the West Virginia University Extension Service Committee and Anita Perdue was appointed to the ENACT Board of Directors.
The commission approved the adoption of the Governor’s Holiday Schedule.
Commissioners discussed the process of how it facilitates speakers at public meetings, both as agenda items and as public comment.
Commission President Eddie Hendricks brought his thoughts to Commissioners Bret Kuhn and Bratcher.
“I heard what our prosecutor (Keith Randolph) said at the end of our last meeting and I agree with him,” Hendricks said. “We need to adopt some of the policies of the Board of Education.”
Hendricks said he believes speakers should be held to a five-minute maximum when addressing commissioners.
“When people want to come in and talk and talk and talk and talk — and I let this get out of control the other day and I’m not proud of it,” he said. “When I say out of control, I mean way too long. We have people sitting here that are on the agenda and it took them an hour and a half to get here and it is an hour later before they could get up here.”
Per state code, with a 48-hour notice, items can be added to the agenda via a phone call to the commission office.
The office of the commission stated that they will adhere to state code and will make sure they are operating under the law.
“I don’t have a problem listening to our elected officials,” Hendricks said. “Let’s limit the presentations to five minutes.”
Kuhn added, “That is a fine line you’re trying to walk there because you want to give everyone an opportunity to speak, but you have to take into account everyone that is here to be heard.”
Commissioner Bratcher agreed, saying, “I think we should look at the size of the agenda and when we have a larger agenda, limit the time to five minutes,” he said. “If it isn’t a large agenda and there are just three or four people here, they can go a little longer.”
For clarification of meeting dates and times and related questions, call Administrator Pam White at 304-369-7301.