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Polk changes meeting times

Commissioners will now meet at 5 p.m.

COLUMBUS—This Monday will be the first time the Polk County Board of Commissioners will meet at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. 

Commissioners met last week and decided to change their meeting times to 5 p.m., which will begin this Monday. 

Commissioners meet on the first and third Monday of the month. 

Commissioner Chair Tommy Melton said it’s cold and people has families. The attorney has to come from Greenville. He said during the last meeting a lot of people are older and do not want to come out at night. 

The county is going to try the new time change through March and decide later if it is the best decision. If they like the new change, they will stay with it. 

Most of the area meetings are being done strictly online. The county offers a phone call or Facebook at its Polk County Local Government page. Landrum does their meetings on Facebook, Saluda does their meetings through Google and Tryon does their meetings through YouTube. Columbus is the only local entity not doing their meetings online, but does have a special meeting on Monday they are doing through Zoom. 

Polk County is currently not allowing the public to attend meetings because of the COVID. Visit polknc.org to see the agenda for Monday and to see how to submit public comments.