The Committee then proceeded to complain about the lack of availability of meeting agenda packet information to Committee Chairman Aavang .
MIchele Aavang, chairing the meeting, agreed that agendas have not been readily available in a timely fashion.
She also stated she has had to make numerous phone calls to staff requesting agenda packets to be posted earlier so committee members had adequate time to prepare for the committee meetings.
At this point, (2:25 – 2:31 of the recording) County Board Chairman Jack Franks entered the meeting
Heexplained that because he was out of town and did not have his phone, the agendas were not posted in a timely fashion and that he had apologized to the Committee Chairman, that he would do better next time.
However, Board Member Craig Wilcox questioned the County Chairman’s approval of the agendas, when clearly the States Attorney opinion states the County Board Chairman does not have the authority to approve or disapprove a committee agenda.
Chairman Franks disagreed, “That’s part of the job we do for the committee chair.
“That is what we do”.”
Board Member Wilcox pushed back by stating, “Reviewing them, but not approving them”.
“No”, stated Franks, “we do both”.
Wilcox continued by stating that the County Board Rules established that a majority of the committee can determine whether an item should be on the agenda.
Franks countered that by stating, “Perhaps, but not if it’s illegal”.
Committee Member Mike Walkup questioned the validity of Franks’ statement and said there was no States Attorney or AG opinion that would support what Franks said.
Chairman Franks responded that he had other legal opinions but upon Walkup requesting those legal opinions Chairman Franks refused to provide these opinions.
Chairman Franks closed the discussion by saying he needed to go to a different meeting and he didn’t have time to talk further with the committee.
But he did say that he would do better next time in terms of improving his turnaround time for approving agendas.
Board Member Walkup responded that it is irrelevant for the County Board Chairman to have a faster turnaround time for committee meeting agenda approval when the County Board Chairman has no authority to be approving agendas in the first place.
The County Board Chairman then responded that there were no problems about him taking this
level of authority except for “a couple of people who are working their own personal agendas”.
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