New Board has plenty on its agenda

Board Chairman Buster Johnson

Board Chairman Buster Johnson

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.