More county committees weigh canceling meetings

10:00 am | April 3, 2013

After the County Commission’s monthly meeting was canceled because of budgetary shortcomings, committees have begun to follow suit to save even more money.

While Commission Chairman Tom Bowers requested that committee chairs assist in keeping costs down, he added that the decision would be left up to them.

“That’s strictly up to them,” Bowers said. “I’m just asking them to look at it, and if they can, great, and if they can’t, no problem.”

So far, two committee meetings have been canceled: the Financial Management Committee, which was scheduled for this morning, and the Budget Committee, which was originally scheduled for April 8.

While some commissioners believe their committee meetings can afford to wait a month, others find current business too pressing to ignore.

Commissioner Joel Street, who serves as chair for the Landfill Committee and as acting chairman for the Highway Committee, said neither committee is in a position to take the month off.

“There’s no way that I can cancel,” Street said. “We’ve got so much going on in both of these committees. I will probably consider canceling next month.”

When the Highway Committee last convened March 11, commissioners listened to concerns from citizens about the possible reopening of a quarry on Judge Ben Allen Road.

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