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Washtenaw County Commissioners To Consider Efficiency Measures For Future Meetings

Jan 6, 2016

Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners tonight will hold its first meeting of the year.  The board will discuss possible changes to how future commission meetings will be conducted.  

Those changes could include limiting public comment at the beginning of a meeting to about ten residents at three minutes each.  More residents would be allowed to speak at the end.  Commissioner Andy LaBarre has not decided how he would vote.

"Sometimes what will happen is we have the public show up against or for something.  You know, they'll talk for 45 minutes, and that's good, and then, lo and behold, the commissioners are in complete agreement with them.  And, then, the vote takes two minutes.  That sort of thing."

The board will also consider putting a time limit on how long they spend discussing issues.

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