Serving the interests of the people for the good of the future is a spark that may generate new talk about ‘evening meetings’ for the Iroquois County Board.
The concept was kicked up, again, at Tuesday’s 9 am meeting at the Administrative Center in Watseka.
Vince Lamie says he was un-successful in bringing the “Night meetings” issue up a few years ago, but believes it’s time for another look.
“We’ve had new people on the board with new ideas that I’ve not thought about, so it may be time to look it over again and see if there’s any movement,” Lamie tells 94.1 WGFA News.
Lamie said every other civic/governmental body of government meets at night –allowing citizens to not only attend but opens the door for them to take interest and maybe seek office too. That- he says- is what so many opposing the concept don’t want to address.
“The ability of people to get here is key, making the meeting available to come in and then also run for office themselves,” Lamie said. Morning meetings shuts a lot of people out of the process because they have to work.
Board member Chad McGinnis, speaking in support of Lamie’s suggestion, said not all meetings need to be scheduled in the evening, but perhaps a varied schedule would provide opportunity for citizens to take more interest.
Board Chairman John Shure suggested the matter be placed on the policy & procedure committee agenda to get more ideas on the table.
Iroquois County zoning officials have started the process of coming up with an ordinance for solar farms. There’s been some interest; Zoning Administrator Bob Yergler reporting last month that his office has received calls from solar farm companies.
Board member Chad McGinnis put in some time developing a rough draft of a solar farm ordinance.
The draft will be subject for review in the months ahead.