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Citizens can now sign up to speak day of commission meetings
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In other news:

• Commissioners also approved providing the tax commissioner's office $11,800 for postage bill not covered in the previous year's budget, as well as for training for incoming Tax Commissioner Nicole Stewart.

• Commissioners decided to indefinitely table a previous motion from District 4 Commissioner Julie Nix to bring an independent lawyer to address questions concerning a bond agreement between Kroger and the Dawson County Development Authority.
The bond, which gave the new Kroger Marketplace a property tax abatement as incentive to keep their store in Dawson County, was validated by Judicial Juvenile Court Judge Allison Toller in December 2015.



During last week's board of commissioners voting session, board members decided to alter the policy regarding the time frame for signing up to speak at commission meetings.

The public comment section of board meetings had traditionally required speakers to sign up a week before to allow their name to be advertised in the newspaper.

Last week, commissioners decided to alter that policy so citizens can sign up to speak up to 10 minutes before the meetings begin.

Commissioners also voted to retain the policy that dictates the times during meetings that citizens are allowed to speak, as well as how long they can speak.

There are two public comment sessions during meetings, one for those wishing to speak on agenda items and one for those who wish to speak on non-agenda items.

Citizens who want to be featured in the newspaper as speaking at the meetings must still sign up ahead of time, as has been the rule.