The annual reorganizational meeting of the Mingo County Commission saw only two changes from last year which included modifying its meeting times and the election of a new officer.
As decisions were made about the routine operations of the county government, the commission heard concerns about the evening meetings the commission holds once each month.
“We would like for you to consider a possible 2 p.m. meeting,” said County Grants Coordinator and Project Manager Leigh Ann Ray, who led the discussion on behalf of the county employees. “You have a lot of people traveling longer distances to make it to the evening meetings. We discussed it and though it would be better for an earlier time because it gets dark so early in the winter.”
Ray said that since the commission is now live streaming its meeting via Facebook, the time change would not interfere with the public’s ability to viewing the body’s proceedings.
“It is more than people being able to view the proceedings,” Commissioner Greg “Hootie” Smith said. “If people want to be on the agenda, they have to be present. If they are working, it makes it harder to attend one of our meetings.”
He did go on to say that the general public does not utilize the evening meetings as much as he would like to see.
“The evening meeting conflicts with the board of education meetings as well,” Commissioner Thomas Taylor said. “But, I agree with Mr. Smith that an earlier time would not be good for the general public.”
Commission President proposed a compromise by changing the evening meeting, held on the third Tuesday of each month, from its current 4:30 p.m. time to 4 p.m. That suggestion was approved by all three commissioners.
The meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month will continue at the regular 9 a.m. time slot.
Smith nominated Hannah to continue to serve as commission president. The move was approved with no opposition. He also nominated Taylor as president pro tem, a move that also passed without dissent. Taylor will replace Smith who has previously served in that position.
Tina Abbott will also continue as the county’s official purchasing agent. All locations of BB&T, Bank of Mingo, Community Trust Bank and First National Bank of Williamson will be used as depository banks for the county.
The commissioners also set the dates for the Board of Equalization, which hears grievances from the public in regards to property tax assessments. It is required that this board meets at least every three business days in February each year. This year’s dates are Feb. 3, 5, 10, 13, 18, 21, and 26. The board will also may possibly meet on Feb. 19 for “industrial day.” However, that will be decided at a later date when further information of the state can be received.
Courthouse hours will remain 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The commission will observe state guidelines for holiday closures.