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12/27/2012 6:00:00 AM
New Board has plenty on its agenda
Board Chairman Buster Johnson
Board Chairman Buster Johnson

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter

In its very first meeting, the new five-member Board of Supervisors may roll back a large number of the controversial policies the previous Board put in to place, including the county's dress code for Board meetings, the ability to carry guns into county buildings, removing security checkpoints and changing the duties of the county manager.

Wednesday's agenda includes several items from current Board Chairman Buster Johnson, including discussion and possible action on:

• Change the duties of the county manager.

• Appoint an interim county manager.

• Whether to keep the deputy county manager positions.

• If the county should keep the security checkpoints at its various buildings.

• If the county should continue to prohibit people from carrying weapons in county buildings.

• If the county should keep the dress code for Board meetings.

• If a call to the public should be added to the end of Board meetings.

• If the county should freeze the public information officer's position and have staff evaluate if the position is necessary.

New Board member Hildy Angius said she and the other new Board members have spoken with Supervisors Johnson and Gary Watson at length about the issues. However, Angius said she didn't ask Johnson to put the items on the agenda.

Johnson said he knew the issues were of importance to the new members of the Board and asked that they be added to Wednesday's agenda.

The Board approved a dress code, a security checkpoint and prohibited the public from carrying guns in the Administration building in March 2010. The policy changes were approved after a Golden Valley man tried to carry a pitchfork into the County Administration Building after a protest was held outside the building in February 2010.

The Board will also discuss appointing Peggy Prince as the clerk of the Board and moving $136,516 from the county's contingency fund to hire three full-time employees for the new District 4 and District 5 offices.

The new Board will be sworn in at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the County Administration Building, 700 W. Beale St. The Board will then meet at 9:30 a.m. the same day at the Administration Building.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Article comment by: BOS, Eliminate PIO Position

Yea, exactly what are the duties of the PIO? It sounds to me like this is another job created for a friend of a friend needing a cushy little job. I would have thought the BOS and the county manager would be able to answer (or get answers from the staff) for any questions or concerns expressed by the residents. What are we paying the manager for if his job description doesn't include being available to the press and public. What is this the White House - is the county so big that we need a "press agent"?

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

Buster has been hearing the same complaints for years. He has strongly participated in putting these ordinances in to effect and now he wants us folks to think he wishes to vote out his own work. No way. The guy is a sham and I think his true character will consider to show as the new board forms.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: We The People{me} Thinking

What i like to know is what was the nature of their conversation?? were the item's on the up and coming agenda discuss ? if so has it change their position since their campaign -were they told who to vote for chair and vc chair?- i think we'er asking all the wrong questions.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Just Saying

I guess we have a new mouth piece in town. First it was Robinson, now it's Meriwether. Do we really need these two telling us how to think and feel? If Moss needs two offices because of distances, why isn't Watson and Brotherton also wanting these? Perhaps they just aren't as concerned about the rural people as Moss, maybe that's it. I just know with all the money they're going to save us, they will be able to set up these remote locations, right?

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Jack Frost

Sorry, Butch, I guess all this rhetoric about open government and saving the taxpayers money was just talk. If all decisions are made already why have open meetings without dress codes. Why save money if one supervisor needs two offices paid by the taxpayers. I guess Watson should have offices in Dolan Springs and Colorado City paid for by the taxpayers. Since when is a supervisor a full time job? It has not statutory power as an individual, only as a board. ARS 11-251. When even Doris Goodale doesn't have a taxpayer paid for district office, let along two, for a much larger area and population. You can justify all that? Good luck.

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: jist mex/amer SITTIN

give em a chance to hold just one meeting. they are not officials until they are sworn in. then you can start your recall petitions and petty griping

Posted: Friday, December 28, 2012
Article comment by: Butch Meriwether

The new-incoming supervisors did not violate the open meeting laws. For allís edification, Iíve heard the newly elected supervisors have met with the sitting supervisors Gary Watson and Buster Johnson, but those two were never at the same meeting. Therefore, if isnít a violation of open meetings laws. From what I also understand, both Steve Moss and Hildy Angius had met with Johnson on separate occasions. The same goes for Moss, Angius and Brotherton meeting with Watson. Since they havenít been sworn in, it isnít a violation of open meeting laws if the three (Moss, Angius and Brotherton) meet with each other and discuss their plans, priorities and agendas they want to institute within Mohave County Government. Just because they (Moss, Angius and Brotherton) have met individually or collectively, with Wastson and/or Johnson doesnít mean they met secretly. I donít know where the secret meeting theory came from unless someone has been hanging around Area 51 too long. As for Moss having two offices, I understand it is because of the geographic distances between his primary office and the satellite office. From what Iíve heard, his office in LHC will be in the county/court building, but Iíve havenít heard where his other office will be. As for his legal practice, Moss has continually stated he is winding it down and will be concentrating solely on being a county supervisor. Give these newly elected supervisors a chance to prove their leadership and that they honestly want to be good representatives of the residents of Mohave County.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: joker wilde

The PIO must go! Purcell has alienated the public and the media more than Walker (if that's possible). Taking guns to a board meeting is wrong, however.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Griffin III

They haven't taken office yet! No violation of any law until they say "I do"

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Research in Campaigns

Perhaps the individuals did research during their campaigns and discussed certain issues with Johnson and Watson. This would not constitute a violation of the Open Meeting Law.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Newbies Make Mistake ?

Resident Joe brought up the same question I had as I read this article. BOS (or County Attorney), please explain how the new BOS Board members could talk in length about the issues with Johnson and Watson was NOT a violation of the Open Meeting law, OR that since the article, the new BOS members have been instructed by the County Attorney against talking with other BOS members about county issues outside a formal BOS meeting. Then that brings up the issue how BOS members Johnson and Watson didn't already know this?

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

First thing they need to do is dump every stupid thing Lil Ronnie Walker instituted and sell off all of the ridiculous "security" garbage he bought. Then do away with the deputy county manager positons - in fact dump the county manager postion as well. Then do away with the PIO. WOW - just saved nearly a half a million dollars!

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Jack Frost

Since Hildy, Moss, Watson and Joy have all been seen in the County building at the same time, they must have all the decisions made without a public meeting--and without Buster. Also since State legislators don't have district offices, why does Moss need 2, at taxpayer expense? Run his law office out of them? This has been all over the county offices too. Did you ask about that stuff too, Daily Miner?

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: How A Bout

How about FIXING our streets, it's been over 3 years that the "road crews water truck" broke large holes in what was left of the black top !! I'll bet that the clowns in charge don't have to dodge the holes in their street.

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: Resident Joe

"New Board member Hildy Angius said she and the other new Board members have spoken with Supervisors Johnson and Gary Watson at length about the issues."

So they had a meeting...behind closed talk about these issues...???

Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012
Article comment by: nnp .....

Until the early 20th century, Chinese men were required under the Emperor's edict to wear their hair tied in the back, as an act of symbolic submission. During most of the 18th century and afterwards, Scotsmen were banned from wearing the kilt - by edict from the English King. Enough with the Kingman crime wave under color of authority. This is a representative Government and the people are speaking as to how they wish to be represented. A substantial portion - it seems to be a majority - do not wish to be instructed on how to dress themselves before attending BOS meetings where their vital civic issues are to be settled.

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