OLYMPIA - The Thurston County Board of Commissioners have received feedback from citizens to review their policy of having Board of County Commissioner (BoCC) meetings on Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. After analysis of attendance, cost benefit, staff time, and resource management, the Commissioners have decided to maintain their current meeting time but agreed to revisit this issue in the future to ensure citizens have access to board meetings.
"At this point it doesn't make fiscal sense to change the meeting time," said Chairman Bud Blake. "The cost for staff staying past their regular work hours and running the electricity later in the evenings out-weighed the unknown number of additional attendees." He said, "From what I understand, previous Commissions tried a later meeting time and the attendance didn't improve."
An additional complication is competing for airtime. Thurston Community Media (TCMedia), the television productions team that covers BoCC meetings, also covers other local council meetings.
The Commissioners did determine that public hearings on specific issues that affect a significant number of citizens will be held at 5:30 p.m. This will ensure for more time for citizens to get to the hearing so their voices can be heard.
All Thurston County Board of Commissioner, Board of Health, and Transportation Benefit District meetings, as well as the Thurston County Connection television shows are available on the Thurston County YouTube Channel and on demand at Thurston Community Media.