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County Board looking at committee meeting guidelines

Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 11:57 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 8:35 a.m. CDT
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FILE - McHenry County Board Chairwoman Tina hill is convening a Committee of the Whole meeting Friday to discuss how to bring uniformity to how committee chairmen run meetings.

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board will ring in the new year with a discussion on whether it should establish a more substantial set of guidelines for its committee meetings.

Chairwoman Tina Hill, R-Woodstock, is convening a Committee of the Whole on Friday to discuss having uniformity on how chairmen of the board’s 11 standing committees run the meetings in which much of county government’s work gets done.

Hill said no one incident or practice prompted the upcoming discussion, but she noted that she has heard concerns over how some committees handle standard practices, such as addressing public comment and reviewing meeting minutes for adoption. For example, some committees stick to limiting public comment to the appropriate part of the agenda, while others will recognize audience members to speak during other parts of meetings.

County Board rules, which were revised earlier this year, dictate how meetings of the full 24-member board are run. But aside from mandating that they follow Robert’s Rules of Order and that the committee chairman votes last, board rules contain very few edicts regarding how committee meetings are run.

The flow of committee meetings varies significantly because they depend greatly on the personality and technique of the individual chairmen. Some committees run matter-of-fact meetings that flow quickly, while others stretch into several hours regardless of the amount of agenda items.

The chairmen for each committee are selected by the County Board chairman in the months after each November election, with the consent of the full board.

If you go

The McHenry County Board is convening a Committee of the Whole at 8:30 a.m. Friday at the county Administration Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock.

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