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Kane board to move Committee of the Whole meetings later

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 5:05 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 7:44 a.m. CST

GENEVA – The Kane County Board wants more people to listen to them talk about the issues of the day – or at least the issues on their meeting agendas.

And the board has moved the meeting time of at least one of its monthly meetings with the stated goal of making their meetings easier for interested county residents to attend.

Wednesday, the Kane County Board approved a measure that will move the County Board’s monthly Committee of the Whole meetings back by one hour to 5 p.m.

For years, the County Board has held the meetings at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The Committee of the Whole meetings are held in months when the County Board believes it has topics that require more in-depth discussion or presentations that are best heard by the full board.

The board cannot take action on items at Committee of the Whole. But past topics have included such issues as the expansion of the county’s courthouse, development of a new county courthouse electronic documentation system, and discussion of the county’s property tax levy, among others.

Board members backed the proposal strongly, noting that the previous 4 p.m. meeting time was too early for many people who might be interested in attending the meetings, but can’t leave work on a weekday in time to attend the meetings.

Some board members also backed moving the committee of the whole meeting time ahead by one hour to make it easier for County Board members, many of whom have jobs elsewhere, to attend the late afternoon meetings.

Some County Board members, including Phil Lewis, R-St. Charles, and Jennifer Laesch, D-Aurora, said they would even prefer moving the meetings to 6 p.m.

And other board members expressed support for moving even more county meetings to the evening.

Currently, the County Board typically holds its regular monthly meeting, at which binding votes are cast, at 9:45 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month. Meetings of the board’s 15 standing committees are held in the morning on various days throughout the month, as well.

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