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July 17, 2013

Joint city, county meeting Thursday



Vance said so far the questions received are more transition-related than charter-based. 

“I think there are a lot of misunderstandings about what a charter is,” Vance said.

In the end, the unification writing committee chair wants the people to vote on consolidated government.

“Our goal is that at some juncture the citizens of Baldwin County get to vote. That’s all we are asking,” Vance said. “We want to get feedback and move forward toward that process. We understand (local officials) are the ones that have to ask for it to be voted upon.” 

• Format of joint city and county meetings

The future format and purpose of these joint city-county functions isn’t settled.

During the April city and county meeting at Allen’s Market, Commissioner Tommy French, District 2, said the city and county must put an agenda on a plate to adequately weight the ideas out. Otherwise, the joint meetings are just talk.

French still wants an agenda on the table. He isn’t a fan of sitting down to brainstorm.

“Otherwise, I’m not interested in wasting time or the taxpayers’ money. They need to be more transparent about the intentions behind having these meetings for no reason,” French said. “We spoke of an agenda last meeting, so we could have a program. We could have discussed the issues that need to be brought to the table. If we don’t know and they don’t know, there shouldn’t be a meeting.”

Craig agrees with French that agenda setting is important to make progress “on those areas of the community that need attention sooner rather than later.”

While the District 4 commissioner sees these conventions as progress that didn’t happen during previous years, addressing issues like city and county government business relations should be on the docket.

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