When we picked up the Whig this morning, we read that the county commissioners have prepared a Request for Proposals to see if there are any capable organizations interested in delivering animal control services in Cecil County. While the RFP is an appropriate step, what disappoints us is “that document was supposed to be reviewed during the commissioners closed door session,” the Whig reported.
The purpose of an RFP is to allow the county to advertise for quotes. Why should such a public document need to be discussed behind closed doors? It escapes us for that is exactly the type of people’s business you want to conduct in the public, especially with the tangle associated with the SPCA matter. If this item was discussed before the public, the interested stakeholders could monitor the discussion (which helps improve trust) and then perhaps offer constructive comments or new ideas.
Of course the Whig was there so perhaps they’ll write another piece saying it should be discussed behind closed doors. But we’re willing to bet that the editors in Kent County would challenge such a decision. They have a track record of pushing the envelope on open meeting requirements and that helps everyone.