Should agenda time for public comments become a two-way dialogue with board?

by Madison White Franks

LANCASTER—Lancaster supervisors may address the option of having a dialogue with the public during monthly meetings.

At last Thursday’s session, Sharon Gill of Lancaster said the board improperly manages its public comment period.

“To contain the public comments to a one-way endeavor defeats the purpose and provides no benefit to the county. It truly frustrates your constituents,” said Gill. “Your interaction with the community should not end when you’re elected.”

“When you get involved in a back and forth dialogue, we could be here until 11 or 12 o’clock at night because people will not follow the policy of five minutes,” said chairman and District 4 supervisor Bill Lee. He indicated the board would consider a public dialog period.

During last Thursday’s 90-minute public comment period, 12 speakers raised concerns about rumors circulating in the community regarding reinstatement of the boat tax. The county’s boat tax was eliminated in 2015 and 2016…