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Are supervisors listening to voters?

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Last November, Carroll voters expressed a clear desire for change. Three of the five contested supervisor races were won by challengers, and the challengers won by a remarkable average margin of 25 percent, while the two contested incumbents who were re-elected had just 8 percent margins.
With the reconstituted board seated, Carroll citizens can only hope that their message was heard.
A positive sign was the decision to begin the public meeting an hour later at 5 p.m., thus giving citizens a better opportunity to attend. There has also been a renewed effort to work with the school board, where all contested incumbents were defeated.
Unfortunately, there are also indications that some of the board members are not listening.
First, there was the county administrator’s recommendation to the old board at the meeting following the election, when it was clear that the old board (which had supported him during his conflict of interest controversy) would lose its majority. In the consent agenda, he proposed a change that would make it more difficult for the new board to replace him, and the old, lame duck board voted for it.
In the past, each year the administrator and the county attorney were hired for a one-year term, requiring a majority vote by the board (the support of four supervisors). This was changed so that they now serve until removal or resignation, not subject to annual renewal. Instead of a majority requirement to renew employment, a majority would be needed to terminate employment (with the support of three supervisors, their jobs are protected).
Then there was the pledge that all eventually elected supervisors made at a pre-election forum (except for Sam Dickson, who was not present), stating that they would appoint someone other than themselves to serve on the Public Service Authority, recognizing the value of having more views and greater participation in government. PSA appointments have now been made, and all three new board members fulfilled this pledge while the three members who had served on the old board re-appointed themselves.
Are they listening to the voters?
Mike Goldwasser
Hillsville