OC Board Sets Flexible Meeting Times

Jun 18, 2013

The long-festering issue of meeting times for the Oneida county board was addressed Tuesday...for the time being.

The Oneida County board has approved the option of having flexible meeting times.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Citizens have asked the board to hold night meetings. The board routinely meets the third Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. as spelled out in county bylaws. Some felt the meeting times cut out workers from running for the board and attending meetings. The board earlier rejected night meetings, but left the door open to have some flexibility concerning scheduling meetings.

Administration committee chair Dave Hintz....

"....this resolution would allow flexibility over the time of day, not over the day being Tuesday, so we can meet at the pleasure of the board be it 1:30 in the afternoon or five o'clock or 6 o'clock or four o'clock...."

While prior attempts to move the meeting to night time had plenty of public comment in favor, no one spoke up at the meeting. Corporation Counsel Brian Desmond said department heads wanted to have a regularly set day to meet so they could plan...

"...and it's the third Tuesday that the meeting is going to be on...that how they can get their resolutions and ordinances to the county board on time. So there was some real concern that if they start bouncing this around....it's going to have them jockeying their meetings around...they like every third Tuesday...


The board approved the change allowing for flexible meeting times, but kept the day as the third Tuesday of the month.

Supervisor Jack Sorenson said if reelected next term he will again bring the night meeting issue back to the board floor.