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June 21, 2013

June 21, 2013: Letters to the editor

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Shannon Baden

Sharpsville

Transparency claim is questionable one

I have, over the last five years, attended many meetings: Kokomo Common and Howard County councils, commissioners, and other various meetings affecting this county. This past year I have not been as active as I would like to have been due to scheduling issues with work. Therefore, I cannot knowledgeably speak on the timeline and meetings held on the wind turbine issue. I can only address information offered to the public from my perspective of attending meetings.

I have suggested many times to various individuals on the county’s boards to list in detail what is being discussed under a particular topic, e.g., old business or new business, commissioner issues, etc. Not once over the last two years, other than a homeowner’s comments, were wind turbine issues listed.

If you want the public’s involvement, then let them know what is being discussed and keep to the agenda.

Secondly, the county’s claim that it is the most transparent of local governments is questionable at best.

On Oct. 1 of last year, I asked the commissioners to “adopt a policy change regarding notification of public meetings that in the past has only been afforded to the news media.” HB 1003 (2012) now gives “any person” the right to receive notification of meetings; this would include administrative and special meetings.

Regular meetings for the year are listed on the county’s website. No action on the policy change was taken by the commissioners. Where is the transparency now? Changing a policy and simply generating an email distribution list would go a long way.

Clee Oliver

Kokomo

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