New Holmes County Commissioners sworn in and ready for action

Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 05:24 PM.

BONIFAY— The Holmes County Board of Commissioners approved of changing the agenda so the public hearing would immediately follow the consent items during their recent regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 27.

“The Hearing of the Public is not necessary for public meetings and it’s not in the statutes,” said Goodman. “There’s a bill out there for it but it hasn’t been passed yet and the Sunshine Law is just allowing the public to have access and witness the actions of the board.”

Goodman stated that he personally didn’t like the Hearing of the Public because it gave people the opportunity to “ambush” the commissioners.

“If you aren’t on the agenda, you have a question and we aren’t prepared then the chance of them getting an answer is possibly low,” said Goodman. “I feel like the commissioners are being ambushed by someone who’s had weeks to sit around and think of what they’re presenting to the commission, giving the Board little or no time to prepare an answer or action.”

The board approved of a job description for the renewed position of road department secretary and approved that the pay range will be negotiated between $10.77 and $14 an hour.

“This position will be very strenuous at first but it will ease up as we progress,” said Williams.

The board approved to advertise the position in the paper and to try to have a recommendation before Christmas.

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