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While most buzzards use their sense of smell and sight, some only rely on one or the other and an occasional mistake is made by “Buzzy” or even a news columnist. Both senses must be utilized for proper reporting. Let’s set the record straight on one matter which is County Commission minutes under the prior administration, which was August 2015 through April 2021.
Prior to 2017, there was no official website for minutes to be published to. One of the columnists to which you refer in the November 19 edition of the newspaper was incorrect in her statement regarding minutes not being published at one point for three years. Also, perhaps the public should be informed as to the past procedures regarding minutes. Minutes were voice recorded by both an employee of the commission office and the administrator and were then prepared for the official document which received not one, but multiple reviews by the administrator. The minutes were ready for the commissioners to review and sign before the next public meeting and were available to the public at that time through the official minute record books kept in the commission office.
Generally, they were published on the website quarterly as the commission office had other more pressing issues, and this was the most convenient method. No citizen should consider this an issue as long as they can walk in the commission office and review the official record. Also, all minutes were reviewed favorably by the Examiners of Public Accounts yearly through annual audits.
So, Buzzy, columnists – get your facts straight and use all of your available senses before giving your opinion.
Concerned Citizen for Accurate Reporting