Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
Comp Plan Meetings
I have received a couple of messages from people who think the joint Board of Supervisors/Planning Commission Comprehensive Plan Committee has been meeting at odd hours. The committee was formed this year to take the lead in revising the proposed Comprehensive Plan. It has also taken the lead on designating the Urban Development Areas.
Here are the committee meeting times, all this year:
Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 a.m.
Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m.
Thursday May 27 – cancelled
Saturday, August 28 at 8 a.m.
What do you think? Is it unusual to have county meetings on Saturdays, and so early in the morning? In two years, these are the only board or committee meetings I remember being held on weekends. But maybe my memory isn’t too good.
Here are the county’s normal business hours, according to the website:
“All offices located in the Administration Center at the Stafford County Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. ”
Supervisor Cord Sterling (who is on the committee) said this about the weekend meeting times:
“Saturday mornings are very good for people who have to commute during the weekdays and have families that are involved in sports on weekends. That is a very significant portion of the Stafford population.”
It seems that these meeting times are inconvenient for at least one joint committee member. According to supervisors Gary Snellings and Bob Woodson, Planning Commissioner Pete Fields has resigned from the joint committee. I haven’t talked to him about it yet, but he has mentioned to me that the meeting times were impossible for his schedule.