Commissioners shift three meetings to night for public access

Acting on a campaign issue from the fall, the Bucks County Commissioners are rescheduling three morning meetings to the evening this year.

“We want to try something different,” Commissioner Chairman Rob Loughery said Wednesday. “This will be a better way to provide access to [members of] the public who cannot come to commissioners’ meetings during the day.

Commissioners meetings traditionally have been conducted at 10 a.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The only night meeting has been in November or December for a public hearing on the following year’s budget.

Democratic Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and running mate Det Ansinn raised the issue of night meetings during their campaign against Republicans Loughery and Charles Martin.

The first night meeting will be March 21 in the Community Room of the County Courthouse in Doylestown. The other night meetings will be July 11 outside the courthouse and Sept. 19 at an undetermined site. The meetings probably will start at 6:30, Chief Operating Officer Brian Hessenthaler said.

The commissioners’ next meeting has been rescheduled from Feb. 15 to Feb. 22 at the courthouse because of scheduling conflicts.