Legislative Committee assessing various boards’ purposes, direction
Franklin County government is reassessing what its boards and committees’ specific roles are, whether all are needed and if some can be done away with if their usefulness has been expended.
The Franklin County Legislative Committee discussed on Jan. 9 the compilation of a list of all county committees and boards to determine the function of each and whether board members are paid for the meetings.
According to Mary Sons, deputy clerk of government administration, the purpose of the list began to make sure committee members were being paid according to their resolution or by state set pay.
“Many committee were formed, but their resolution never stated if they were paid or not so the Legislative Committee felt like it would be good to review them to see if they needed to pay some of them,” Sons said. “A list of when all the committees meet and their annual meeting schedules has been compiled and the committee is also reviewing the list to see if any were originally set up as ad hoc and if their purpose has been completed to see if they can be deleted from the list.”
There is no set pay for non-commissioner committee members. The pay is dependent upon the committee’s forming resolution.
“Some committee members are paid different depending on state statute or resolution,” Sons said. “Some non-commissioner members (citizens) are paid $35 each meeting, but it depends on which ones we are talking about. Commissioners get paid $15 for each meeting they attend, that they’re a member of unless resolution states no pay.”
Commissioner Stanley Bean recommended that the list include pay for all committees on one master list. A suggestion was also made to include each committees forming resolution in their respective binder for easy reference.
Legislative Committee Chairman Jean Snead says the list is being gathered as part of a directive that came from Mayor Richard Stewart and County Commission Chairman Eddie Clark.
Snead said, “The list is an attempt to gather and put in one spot all information on county committees and boards so that we can determine how each is functioning, and if it is still needed.”
Some boards and committees were formed to address specific issues and may no longer be needed; others are required by the state, but may only meet once or twice a year.
“We just wanted to get a better handle on how the committees are functioning and to answer some questions that have come up in the past,” Snead said. “It is an effort to get organized and look at things long term so that those who come into these positions later will be able to access and reference this information.
“Its also just to make sure that things are equitable to all involved.”
The Legislative Committee is still working on the compilation of the list and trying to answer questions that come up regarding the committees before passing the completed list on to the full commission. Plans are to have the list complete by the April meeting.