Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Commissioners shift three meetings to night for public access

Democrats campaigned on the issue in the fall.

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.

About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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