B and C hodgepodge continues

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County > Councilors unable to agree on consistent format for Boards and Commissions

By Arin McKenna

If there is one thing Los Alamos boards and commissions are lacking, it is consistency. Some meet at the municipal building, others meet at the library or Fuller Lodge. Some broadcast their meetings, some do not. Those that broadcast have summary or action minutes, which list the presenters, motion and vote for each item.
 Those not broadcasting have narrative minutes. One board currently streaming is now contemplating whether it should stop streaming.
At Tuesday’s work session, Los Alamos County staff asked council to consider whether there should be more consistency among the boards and commissions. The only thing councilors could agree on was that the agendas should all follow the same format.
County Administrator Harry Burgess and Public Information Officer Julie Habiger asked council to consider five questions:
• Whether all boards and commissions should meet in either room 110 or council chambers at the municipal building.
• Whether all boards should employ streaming/video capture, or at the very least, not bounce back and forth between streaming and written minutes as the composition of the board changes.
• Whether all boards should be required to use the standardized agenda provided in the B and C procedural rules, or whether chairs can ask for a different agenda format.

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