I think most of us want a more efficient government. Judge Tom Bonn must be mighty proud today. He has made the Commissioners Court meetings amazingly efficient. He whittled the public portion of the November 28th Commissioners Court meeting to twenty-eight minutes. That’s right, folks. Less than thirty minutes of county business conducted in the open.
Ten minutes after opening the meeting with the usual formalities, the Commissioners adjourned to a forty-five minute executive session. Although it was announced to be concerning personnel matters, one can’t help but wonder what really goes on behind closed doors.
Back to what was opened to the public. Suddenly the hiring of a human resources person was tabled. No public discussion. Just tabled.
Next item-increasing surety bonds for certain county officials and employees. Commissioner Madrigal did have some questions, which Judge Bonn turned to highly paid County Administrator Ron Heggemeier to answer. Mr. Heggemeier didn’t have all the information with him to answer all the questions. That certainly cut down discussion. The surety bonds passed.
Then it was a discussion and action on the appointment of one board member to the Luling Foundation Farm. Mr. Alton Williams was appointed.
Discussion of the procedure for appointment of the Tax Assessor/Collector was next on the list. This did open up what could have been lively discussion. Judge Bonn’s first suggestion was to have an appointed panel review the applications and recommend to the Court. Commissioners Roland and Magdrigal firmly stated that was the job of the court. Bonn wants this discussion continued under the cloak of executive session.
Pay the bills. Passed.
Last item on the agenda was to move funds from budget line item to two other budget line items. (Check the agenda for the details.) Passed.
That’s it. Done. Finitee.
How has the Judge accomplished this height of efficiency? Be not allowing the public to ask questions or make comments on the agenda items. After all it’s so messy and wasteful to allow the voters to have a voice in how they would like their government operates.
Have any questions? I do. Opps. Not allowed.
What is your idea of efficient government?