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CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Board chairman will have the final decision on whether a question to the board should be submitted in writing.

That's a recent revision to a proposed change to the board's public comment policy that went back to a committee last year.

A vote scheduled for the board's meeting today (Wednesday) would change the policy to say the chairman has the discretion to make the requirement instead of requiring all questions in writing.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the board's meeting room on the third floor of the county courthouse in Charleston.

The board's normal meeting day would be Tuesday but the date was changed last month because of Tuesday's Lincoln's birthday holiday.

On the public comment policy, the board's Offices and Rules Committee made the revision to the proposal after the board heard concerns about it as first proposed in December.

As first proposed, the policy change said questions to the board "shall" be submitted in writing and then referred to the appropriate board committee for research.

The board voted in December to table the proposal after the concerns were voiced.

Among those, James DiNaso of the Concerned Tax Payers of Coles County group questioned if the requirement would be necessary for a question addressed to one board member, not an entire committee.

The board adopted a formal comment policy in March 2017.

That was shortly after the Concerned Tax Payers group began to regularly attend its meetings with questions and complaints about the reassessment of county commercial and industrial property.

Meanwhile, other votes scheduled for today's meeting include approval of an agreement with the local court judicial circuit for changes in judges' administrative assistants and other positions.

Another vote would amend the county's current fiscal year budget to reflect a $4,400 grant the Coles County Sheriff's Office received for traffic safety programs.

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Contact Dave Fopay at (217) 238-6858. Follow him on Twitter: @FopayDave



Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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