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Public comments slowing Belmont County Commissioners meetings

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 04:17 PM EDT

WTOV9.com
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – Belmont County Commissioners are looking at changing how their meetings are run.
The Ohio Open Meeting Act does not require public comment at county meetings. It just allows the public to attend and listen.
But, Belmont Commissioners say many times public comment runs their meetings longer than they should.
“We are Belmont County, one of the few counties that let the public speak at the Commissioner meetings," Commissioner Mark Thomas said. “All I'm saying is let's take care of the business first, and the public comment can come after.”
Commissioners are considering creating Town Hall meetings to hear the public's opinions.
For now, they hope to make minor adjustments to the weekly agendas that will deal with business matters -- then include public comments after.

Public comments slowing Belmont County Commissioners meetings


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