By Myrna Trauntvein
The 2013 meeting schedule of the Juab County Commission was published in the Times-News last week.
This week, at county commission meeting, there was some discussion as to the time being offset every other week. The first meeting is at 3 p.m. and the second meeting is at 10 a.m.
"Why do we not hold both meetings at 10 a.m.?" asked Rick Carlton, commissioner. "I think we could start both meetings at 10 a.m."
Carlton said, since he had been on the commission, not many people had come in later in the day leaning his opinion toward holding the meetings earlier in the day.
Val Jones, who determined not to run for another term, will leave office in January and will be replaced on the commission by Byron Woodland.
Jones, who also served as commission chairman for one of his two terms, said that he had toyed with the idea of changing the afternoon to morning but had not done so.
"It was a tradition long before I was elected," he said.
Several decades ago it was decided to hold commission meeting early in the morning for those who were working, such as forest service rangers, and later in the afternoon for those who needed to address the council but worked at jobs all day.
The afternoon schedule will accept appointments after 4 p.m. and later.
Carlton said that he would make a motion to meet in the morning for both of the Monday meeting days.
"We do need to be united on this and we should not consider passing the motion unless we are in agreement."
Neither Jones nor Woodland had a preference. Woodland said that he did not plan to work on Monday any week and so would be available for meetings either in the afternoon or in the morning.
"I think we should leave it the way it is," said Chad Winn, commission chairman. "It has already been published in the paper. We can keep an eye on it for the coming year and then determine what we should do in 2014."
He wondered if changing the times would affect people who would like to meet with commissioners. Would it be an inconvenience for some as they would have to miss work to attend a commission meeting if they were both held early?"
Jared Eldridge, county attorney, said that he favored having both meetings in the morning but thought the citizens of the county should be the persons catered to. They were the ones who should have their best scheduling needs met.
"I do have people call and want to be put on the schedule as late as possible," said Pat Ingram, county clerk/auditor.
It is a moot point, however, what time in the day on Monday commission members meet.
"We come early and stay late," said Carlton.
They met with those on the executive session or closed agenda at those times. They also, this month, have been working to have the budget ready for the budget hearing on December 17.
Carlton went ahead and made the motion to hold both meetings each month during the morning. However, he stated, the commission often met before and after the scheduled meeting.
The last two month the commissioners have been working with department heads on wanting to create a budget for the 2013 year.
After saying that it really didn't matter to him whether the schedule was changed or not, Winn indicated that he was really quite satisfied with the status quo.
At that point, Jones withdrew his second of the motion Carlton had made and the motion died for lack of a second.
"I am going to watch the schedule this year and see what happens," he said. "Maybe next year we will decide to change the schedule."
Because meetings are to remain as they are, the following schedule will prevail.
January 7 and 22; February 4 and 19; March 4 and 18; April 1 and 15; May 6 and 20; June 3 and 17; July 1 and 15; August 5 and 19; September 3 and 16; October 7 and 21; November 4 and 18; December 2 and 16.
"The first meeting of each month will be held on the Monday nearest the beginning of the month," said Ingram.
The meeting will begin at 3 p.m. and will be held the third week of each month.
Meetings will be held in the Commission Chambers of the Juab County Building, 160 N. Main, Nephi.
When a regularly scheduled meeting falls on a legal holiday, the meeting will be held on the following Tuesday.