Monday, September 22, 2014

Commish to look at meeting times

The Knox County Commission today will talk about changing the times of its monthly meetings.

But, board members more than likely won’t vote on the proposal until next month.

On Monday morning, the county’s Rules Committee voted 3-1 to change the meeting times. Officials said the move would make it easier for the public to attend.

Commissioners Ed Brantly, Sam McKenzie and Jeff Ownby agreed with the move. Mike Brown cast the dissenting vote, and Amy Broyles wasn’t there.

The commission typically holds its monthly voting meeting on the fourth Monday of every month at 2 p.m.

The Beer Board, which is actually the commission operating under a different name, meets at 1 p.m. that day.

The Zoning Board, also the commission, holds court at 5 p.m. on the same Monday.

If regular commission voting meetings run into the zoning meetings, then the commission will break, take up zoning matters and then reconvene.

Since commission meetings typically wrap up within a few hours, officials last year moved the start time for Zoning Board meetings from 6 p.m. to 5 p.m. to cut down the wait time between the two.

The commission also holds a non-voting work session at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, but that wasn’t addressed during the Rules Committee meeting.

Under the new proposal, the Beer Board would meet at 4 p.m., the Commission at 5 p.m. and the Zoning Board at 7 p.m.

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