By ANDY MCCAMMON
The Clay County Board of Commissioners is considering taking some of its 2006 meetings on the road.
The commissioners voted Monday to approve a meeting schedule nearly identical to the one it observes now, with monthly sessions held at 9 a.m. at the Clay County Courthouse in Brazil. But they agreed to discuss a measure that would schedule some evening meetings, which may be held in Clay City or at another location in the southern portion of the county.
"When we get together again, we'll need to take a look at potential dates that would work (at an alternate location)," Commissioner Daryl Andrews said.
He listed the firehouses in Coalmont and Cory and Clay City's Orange Building as possible locations for commissioners' meetings.
Andrews, a resident of Clay City, suggested to other board members that meetings held in alternate locations would promote attendance and increase input among residents of southern Clay County. Board of Commissioners President David Parr urged the passage of the board's current meeting schedule for 2006, but said he was willing to continue the discussion in upcoming sessions, indicating a change could be made when a plan for alternate meeting locations and times was established.
"I think making yourself accessible to the public is something that has to be done," Parr said. "We'd have a lot more input from people in the southern part of the county if they could come to the meetings."
Parr said he has considered attending town board meetings in other Clay County communities in the interest of gathering the input of county residents who are not able to attend regular commissioners' meetings. He said the involvement of southern county residents in county government would be "a plus for everybody."