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Warren County Freeholders aim for more transparency with public

By Kris Rile, WFMZ.com Reporter
Published On: Jan 09 2013 10:59:50 PM CST

The Warren County Freeholders sped through the approval of multiple resolutions at their meeting on Wednesday night.  During Freeholders Comments, Freeholder Director Jason Sarnoski mentioned that he wanted to be more open with the public regarding the Freeholder Meetings.

Sarnoski commented that the only thing that the public sees prior to the Freeholders Meeting is the Meeting Agenda and that under the Freeholders Comments section on the agenda it is blank. He wanted to push for the three Freeholders, Sarnoski, Richard Gardner, and Edward Smith, to submit any comments they have regarding the agenda to the County Clerk prior to the meeting so they can be added to the agenda for public review.

“This allows us to be a little more open with the public and forewarn them of what is coming,” commented Sarnoski.

Although Sarnoski is encouraging the Freeholders to submit any comments days prior to a meeting, he stated that this does not limit the comments that each Freeholder is allowed to make during the meeting. He also wanted to make it clear to the Freeholders, as well as the public present at the meeting, that this is not a mandate and that the Freeholders are not required to submit any comments to the County Clerk prior to the meeting.

“I welcome the opportunity to put things out for the public to be notified about,” stated Smith.

This proposition is not only meant to benefit the public but also the Freeholders. If one of the Freeholders plans to bring a resolution to the Board, they can put it on the agenda days prior to the meeting and send all information to the other members so they can review it ahead of time.