On Feb. 11, I attended the Madison County Board of Supervisors regular meeting, which is conducted on the second Tuesday of every month. If you want to know what is going on in your country, attending these meetings is a must. The five supervisors have the huge responsibility of making critical decisions for you with your tax dollars, your state and federal mandates and grants etc., to efficiently run the county’s total 2014 budget of $43,647,975 according to the handout at the meeting.
Did you know that 55 percent of our 2014 budget is earmarked for our schools, 18 percent for public safety and 13 percent for human services? The 2015 proposed budget was presented in a very clear and easy to understand format by County Administrator Ernie Hoch.
Additionally, the supervisors made decisions for our protection and safety approving our sheriff department’s purchase of three used and one new vehicle for $110,000, permitting a sign and a pavilion at Hoover Ridge Park, both funded through donated funds, appointed some folks for service on various boards, and gave reports on meetings each supervisor attended in the past month. Very interesting stuff.
Tuesday's meeting had a closed session because the board used some private time to discuss certain issues without the public in attendance. The citizens left the auditorium.
Those who wanted to wait to hear the outcome of the closed session, stood in the hall.
At the closed meeting, a major topic was the renewal of our county administrator’s contract due to expire in June. A new contract with a raise was approved; a copy is available at the county administrator’s office on Thrift Road.
It was curious that a new contract needed to be decided in February. Three new supervisors out of five are still getting familiar with their new supervisors role and getting to know the various jobs and accomplishments of our administrator; however, I am sure with the demanding supervisor schedules including workshops, committee and regular meetings, it wouldn’t take long for the green peas to get the lay of the land.
Please make a point to to attend all supervisors meetings. Good news for the taxpayers: the supervisors approved public comment privileges at every supervisors meeting, not just the regular meeting. Now your voices can be heard at the workshops as well.
Check the local listings in The Madison Eagle for date, time and locations. Attending these meetings truly is better than reality TV.
Coral Read May
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