March 31, 2016
Last Thursday night, March 24, the BOC held a meeting at 6:00PM. However 3 commissioners and the County Manager held an early meeting and were caught at it.
Trammell and Pennamon always seem to arrive at least 45 minutes before the meeting time and discuss a variety of county business items, including items on the agenda, road work, etc.
Upon arriving at the BOC meeting room at 5:20pm on March 24th, no one was in the meeting room. Instead both Pennamon and Trammell were in the County Manager’s office and Salmon was standing outside the door participating in the conversation.
By standing outside the door, Salmon seemed to know he was violating open meeting laws–a quorum can not meet together and discuss county business except in a called meeting. Even though Salmon is good at criticizing others, he can’t seem to walk the walk after he talks the talk.
AFTER 32 YEARS CARL PENNAMON STILL NOT CLEAR ON OPEN MEETING VIOLATIONS
Once the camera clicked to get the above picture, Pennamon came out of the County Manager’s office and asked, “So are you saying we can’t talk before the meeting?” Uh, really, Carl? After 32 years of being a commissioner you are still not clear on what is right and what is not?
According to the Attorney General’s office, “The standard for a civil violation is negligence. The standard for a criminal violation (a misdemeanor) is willfulness.” Violations of the law can lead to a $1000 fine for a first violation and a $2500 fine for each additional violation within 12 months.
Standing outside a door participating in a conversation about county business 40 minutes before the meeting starts seems to be “willful.”
After they were caught, these 3 all came into the meeting room about 5:30pm.
THE REST OF THE MEETING BEFORE THE MEETING
Trammell handed out some “noise ordinances” from other counties. He and Pennamon talked about that for a few minutes. Then they proceeded to talk about paving, and instead of talking Salmon passed notes to Trammell.
About 5:45pm Doug Luke came in. The conversation then changed from county business to hunting—which is perfectly legal. Bruce Henry was the last to arrive at 5:55pm.
At 6:00pm, the actual meeting started and the BOC discussed purchasing an emulsion tank for Public Works so Public Works could start paving roads. More on that in next blog.