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BOC proposes scaled back meeting schedule

Will hold two monthly gatherings

— Clayton County residents will likely get one less opportunity to see their commissioners each month starting in July.

The county commission decided this week to eliminate one of its three monthly meetings. They will vote a second time Tuesday to make it official. The meetings would be held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

Commissioner Shana Rooks said she requested the change so she and her colleagues could be better prepared. Until this month, the commissioner has met once a week for the first three weeks of the month, giving them little turn-around time to ask questions about agenda items and prepare for the next meeting, she said.

“There are thousands of pages in our meeting binders and while I do read everything, I’m maybe not as thorough as I could be,” Rooks said. “Often times, we have questions for staff about items on the agenda, so they need about three days to get information together to answer our questions. In that regard, we need more time to prepare and the staff could probably use more time as well.”

The commission would continue to meet at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-meeting work session on the first and third Tuesdays, and their business meetings will begin at 7 p.m. Under the new schedule, zoning matters will be made a permanent part of the meetings held on the third Tuesdays.