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Polk could change meeting times

Commissioners to vote on one day, one night meeting a month

COLUMBUS—Polk County Commissioners are considering changing their meeting times to one meeting during the day per month and another earlier at night per month. 

The Polk County Board of Commissioners met Monday and heard from chairman Tommy Melton, who suggested the board consider the change. 

The board currently meets on the first and third Mondays at 7 p.m. The meetings are held in the Womack building in Columbus. 

Melton said the county is required by law to meet at least once a month and he would like for Polk County to stay at 2 meetings per month, but to change the times. 

His suggestion was for the first meeting of the month to be changed to 5 or 6 p.m. and the second meeting of the month be at 3 p.m. 

Melton said there was only one person at Monday’s meeting. It’s cold and he just wants to see people get home safely and at a descent time. He said sometimes the commissioners are there until 10 p.m. 

Commissioner David Moore said surrounding counties do the same thing, so why not make it more convenient.

“Some older people don’t want to come out at night,” Moore said. 

Commissioners agreed to think about it over the next 2 weeks and see if they are in favor of changing the times. They plan to vote on the change next meeting and if the times are changed they will start the new times in March and see if they want to continue it the rest of the year.