So much easier to govern without those annoying citizens getting in the way

Our very efficient all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors has found that it gets so much done, it doesn’t need to have so many meetings, above all so many of those boring and annoying sessions where they have to listen to the citizens (who, unlike the commercial developers who gave them $500,000 in campaign contributions, don’t even buy them drinks at Tuskie’s or spring for junkets to Germany).

After canceling its scheduled meeting for December 18, the Board also announced (see full text below) it will be holding meetings next year on a much reduced schedule — and avoiding altogether that awkward business of first having to listen to citizens in a public comment session, then vote on a possibly unpopular matter right afterwards. Now the Board plans to shoot first and ask questions later: it will hold business meetings where votes are taken only twice a month, on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 4 p.m., and have public input beginning at 6 p.m. (Currently, the Board has Tuesday evening input sessions and meetings, followed by a Wednesday morning business meeting).

This will of course also make things much easier for Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) who is absent a great deal of the time, and Chairman Scott York (R), who we are reliably informed is off to Germany again this week, traveling for his tenth time as Board chairman to visit our very important Sister County, which recently sent us an oom-pah band as part of this burgeoning partnership of economic development enterprise.

In the past York has made these junkets on the dime of major campaign contributors. This time he appears to be traveling on taxpayer expense. Of course York was just there in the spring, but it’s important to have him check in regularly to make sure that our Partnerdistrict Main-Taunas-Kreis is still there and to personally take charge of planning other highly beneficial economic development partnership initiatives from abroad (can’t leave this to mere functionaries), such as the recent video link in which Loudoun artists and their German counterparts talked to each other before a worldwide audience of five or six.

Posted on: December 11, 2012
Board Meeting Schedule to Change: Next Regular Business Meeting is January 2

The next regular business meeting of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2013. The Board has canceled its previously scheduled business meeting of Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

Beginning in 2013, the Board intends to hold its regular business meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, beginning at 4:00 p.m., with public input beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Board’s monthly public hearing will be on the second Wednesday of the month, beginning at 6:00 p.m. In addition, the Board’s Finance / Government Services and Operations Committee is changing its schedule and will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m.

More details about the 2013 meeting schedule of the Board and its Standing Committees will be forthcoming following the Board meeting on January 2, when the Board will consider organizational matters

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