County Board rule change could shave a few minutes off hours-long meetings

County Board rule change could shave a few minutes off hours-long meetings

LaSalle County Board members might shave a few minutes off their monthly meetings. They’ve decided to use a consent agenda for routine items that rarely get discussion or votes to reject. Attorney Mark Anderson says he’s never heard of the County Board talking about or rejecting appointments to various rural fire protection, drainage, and cemetery districts.

Chairman Jim Olson says any member who does have a concern and wants to discuss an item can ask that it come off the consent agenda. Then, it’ll be handled like the other items on the agenda.

Tom Walsh of Ottawa was the only member objecting to the change at last week’s meeting after he asked whether the State’s Attorney’s Office would review each item to make sure it didn’t need to be handled separately. Anderson said if there’s any doubt about an item, the Chairman should not put it on the consent agenda.

The change takes effect at the March board meeting.