The county has released its agenda for the Tuesday, February 1, 2011, workshop, which begins at 9:00 a.m. at the county administration building. At 9:30, the board has a number of items they’re going to consider and one of those is a discussion about the “citizen advisory budget.” After finishing that business the agenda says the board will have a closed session at 11:00 a.m. to discuss “personnel matters.”
Workshops are usually where the details of a matter are worked out as the elected officials and staff exchange ideas and come up with a pathway to move forward. Then if it requires a formal action, that is taken care of in the public meeting. It was at a workshop a week or so ago, that the idea of forming a public committee to help the elected officials with the budget was discussed. The matter came into formal view later that evening at the regular session during the public comments and when Commissioner Moore reported that the formation of a committee was discussed earlier in the day.
We find that if one wants to understand a matter, attendance at workshops is important as those are where the deliberations occur. In addition, the meetings aren’t recorded so the public is unable to listen to a playback of the deliberations.