We were simply happy with our invitation to the County Commissioner’s “Community Development Forum” scheduled for Monday. But at a regularly scheduled deliberation meeting at the Board of County Commissioners this morning, Chairman Rick Currie took some time to explain “the purposes and intent” of the now-controversial meeting.
Reading from a prepared statement, Chairman Currie explained that it is, of course, the job of County Commissioners to meet with different constituencies and that they do it all the time. He said this planned meeting with the “building community” was similar to successful versions in other counties, and was somewhat in response to a suggestion in a Coeur d’Alene Press editorial that such a meeting might be useful here.
Currie said that they don’t necessarily extend invitations to everyone in every instance, but that “the public is always welcome to attend” any of the Commissioners’ meetings. As an example, Currie said that “We meet with Highway Districts, but we don’t invite the Senior Centers” to those meetings.
Well, sure. But certainly Commissioner Currie should understand the distinction in this case.
The requirements of the state’s open meetings law notwithstanding, a “Community Development Forum” should probably include more than just the “development and construction communities.” The entire community has a stake.
UPDATE 3:30 pm: The County released Currie’s written statement, and we have it here: Public Information Release