Monday, August 28, 2006

Committee on County Board Size Meeting Tonight

There is a meeting tonight for this committee - the agenda is here and the Northwestern article is here.

A few comments about the debate on this at the last meeting:

1) I do not think that the League of Women Voter's should have a voting place on this committee. They have all ready stated that they feel the board size should be reduced. They should be invited to testify and contribute to the discussion, but not a seat at the table.

2) The LWV, if it has a seat, should be off-set by a group or individual that has a stated position for retaining the size of the board to provide balance to the debate.

3) The LWV should not have 2 of 3 citizen representatives on this board. This is wrong to have a group with a stated position have a majority of the non-board member seats.

4) One of the biggest arguments that the Winnebago County Board is to large is that there is very little competition for the seats. However, of the 38 seats, 7 (18%) of them are held by people, such as myself, that have served on the board for less than 1 full term. We should have a seat on the committee to provide a fresh perspective on the debate. As it is, the committee is full of people that have been though this process before.

If we want to ensure that the committee works and is fair, the structure and process should have worked differently. This is why I moved to eliminate one of the Supervisors on the committee in favor of a newly elected on, and why I wanted the members to be voted on individually.

The process for establishing this was a failure, how can we expect the results to be different?

See you at the meeting tonight.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you read any of the past studies done by the board? If not you should look them up. This topic has already been studied at length. I suggest you look them up.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you look up the past studies done by our own board yet?

3:07 PM  

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