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Tuscola Commissioners change procedures
Sun, 01 Dec 2019 10:25:53 EST
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Following a closed session with an attorney during the last county meeting, it will no longer be business as usual for Tuscola County Board of Commissioners.
When the board came back into open session, they approved a resolution on how committees and subcommittees would handle informational meetings.
It was determined "that future meetings of any committee and/or subcommittee consisting of less than a quorum of the Tuscola County Board of Commissioners shall be conducted pursuant to the standards established by Michigan's Open Meetings Act, Public Act 267 of 1976, as amended."
The committees - building and grounds, as well as personnel and finance used to meet in the former county administrator's office and were not posted and no minutes taken, explained county Clerk Jodi Fetting.
The resolution that was approved means committee meetings in the future will be public and held in the board room with minutes taken by the clerk's office.
Personal side meetings have been a long-time practice of commission committees and subcommittees.
Besides Fetting, another who was allowed to sit in on the closed session was the county Controller - Administrator Clayette Zechmeister who was officially hired in August.
"The change means they will still have the subcommittee meetings - if needed - but they will (now) post them and take minutes at them. These are meetings that were normally held for further research on a specific topic, and even the interviews they did regarding the (recent) hiring for the controller - administrator position," Zechmeister said.
During the process when Zechmeister was being considered to be hired for the controller - administrator position, the procedure for selection of candidates as well as the preliminary interviews were not done in public purview.
"They are now going to make these posted public meetings and take minutes even though they are not decision making agendas since there are only two commissioners present," Zechmeister explained.
Right: Clayette Zechmeister