Thursday, September 19, 2013

Merit Commission to meet Monday

The McHenry County Sheriff's Department Merit Commission, a "public body" and a commission generally thought to be quite friendly with the sheriff (snce he selects them, subject to the consent of the County Board), has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday, September 23, 2013, at 8:30AM. The meeting will be held at the Administrative Building, 667 Ware Road, Woodstock.

The meeting notice reads, "The MERIT COMMISSION has scheduled a special commission meeting on September 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM, to conduct regular business of the commission as necessary and appropriate."

Am I the only one who marvels at the wording of the meeting notice?

It's a "Special Meeting" to conduct "regular business". What's wrong with that picture?

The Open Meeting Act requires announcements and agendas to contain enough information for the public to understand what business will be transacted at a meeting of a "public body". Think this fills the bill?

If I were sitting on the Moon and trying to figure out what is going on, I'd say the Regular Meeting, scheduled for September 12, was not held and was re-scheduled to September 23. Maybe that's the case. It's impossible to tell from the County Calendar whether the September 12 meeting was not held; it's still on the schedule.

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