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County board still meets twice a month

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By Brian Slattery

I recently read a story about some of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball players who had a little get together on one of their days off.

Somebody in the group got on social media to let their followers know the teammates were hanging out together.

Except the whole team wasn’t there. Kendrick Perkins hadn’t been invited but saw the update and from there the story took a sad turn with Perkins bemoaning being left out of the fun.

Based on this story, I have some bad news for you Brunswick County.

Your friends are hanging out without you.

And by your friends I mean your county commissioners. And by hanging out I mean they have switched to their new board meeting schedule and nobody showed up for to the first meeting.

I mean the commissioners were there. And the staff was there but they get paid to be there. And those of us in the media who are paid to be there too were there. But since the meeting was at 4 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, there wasn’t much of an audience.

To be clear, you haven’t missed their first regular monthly meeting. According to their new system they only have one regular meeting now, on the third Monday of the month.

Fun fact – this month that meeting is on Jan. 21, which is actually Tuesday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. So make note of that.

But I am here to remind you that your county commissioners still meet twice a month and you missed that first meeting.

It was last Wednesday afternoon and it goes down on the schedule as an agenda meeting.

Now I’m not from here but in my travels I have learned that anywhere that an agenda meeting is held, nobody who does not have to be there is going to show up.

But the county board can still make decisions and vote on them at these meetings, which is something you might want to pay attention to.

While the board may not have any intention of making decisions at the agenda meetings – and they didn’t at the one last week – that doesn’t mean they won’t.

I realize it is probably a lot more fun to hang out with millionaire basketball players listening to them talk about what they are spending their money on, but spending money is the same thing the commissioners are talking about when they hang out together, except it’s your money they are talking about spending.

 

Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.