Commissioners plan to meet on Fridays

'Live streaming' to be considered

The Union County Board of Commissioners decided this week to continue to have regular meetings on Friday mornings.

The commissioners had been considering the possibility of moving their regular meetings to Mondays. 

For a number of years, regular board meetings have been scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Friday of each month.

However, at a special meeting which was held Monday morning, Jan. 9, the commissioners decided to approve a recommendation by board chairman Bobby Toler Jr. to have regular meetings on Fridays.

The commissioners are considering the possibility of having an occasional afternoon meeting. The possibility of having a town meeting during an evening also is being considered.

The commissioners also were asked about the possibility of “live streaming” their meetings on the internet. Computer technology is available to offer such a service.

Use of live streaming would allow those who are interested in being a part of a meeting to do so online. The commissioners said they would look into the possibility of beginning such a service.

Other Business 

In other business at Monday’s meeting, the commissioners approved the appointments of five members of the Union County Emergency Telephone System Board. The board oversees the operation of the county’s emergency 911 communications system.

Those appointed as members of the board include:

Larry Eddleman, for a term expiring on Nov. 30, 2018; Todd Harris, for a term expiring on Nov. 30, 2018; Grant Capel, for a term expiring on Nov. 30, 2018; Steve Hartline, for a term expiring on Nov. 30, 2020; and Mike Hunter, for a term expiring on Nov. 30, 2020.

The commissioners also continued discussion about plans to create and hire someone to fill a human resources administrative post.

Support for the creation of such a post is reported to have been voiced by county officeholders. Several commissioners also voiced support for creation of the post.

Union County State’s Attorney Tyler R. Edmonds said that he would encourage the board to establish a written job description and qualifications for the post.

Questions arose at Monday’s meeting about funding for the position. The questions were related to reports at a recent county board meeting that the county could be facing a revenue shortfall. The commissioners also were asked to consider how they would advertise to fill the post, should the job actually be created.

County board chairman Toler said that he welcomed the input about the job. He said that further discussion about the job is planned.

The Gazette-Democrat

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