Highland County commissioners (l-r) Gary Abernathy, Jeff Duncan and Terry Britton are pictured during their organizational meeting. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Highland County commissioners (l-r) Gary Abernathy, Jeff Duncan and Terry Britton are pictured during their organizational meeting. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Highland County commissioners Jeff Duncan, Terry Britton and Gary Abernathy met briefly for their 2020 organizational meeting Jan. 8, where they passed several standard annual resolutions.

At the meeting’s opening, commissioners voted 3-0 to reappoint Duncan as the commission’s chairman and Britton as the vice-chairman.

Also during the meeting, Abernathy highlighted a resolution to establish rules for public comment at the commission’s meetings.



“I’d like to stress that a little bit,” Abernathy said when the commission voted on the resolution.

According to Abernathy, the resolution says that “public comment is welcome by the board. Comments will be entertained on topics and business items that have been discussed on that date.

“A five-minute session will be allotted to those who wish to speak to the board on other topics, providing that information on the topic to be discussed is presented to the clerk of the board by noon on the day preceding the meeting.”

Abernathy asked that the public be sure to “get on our agenda” on the day prior to the commission meetings if they wish to comment during open session.

“The reason for that is both for us and for the public, so they can look at our agenda and know who’s going to be here, without it being a surprise,” Abernathy said.

Abernathy said that if anyone has “other comments or discussion regarding county business, but not relevant to the current meeting,” they can speak to commissioners individually after the meeting is adjourned.

“Anyone who wants to can speak to any individual commissioner anytime during the week,” Abernathy said. “It helps to call maybe to make an appointment, but generally there’s one of us here, and people are welcome to stop in anytime.”

In other action, commissioners approved the following resolutions, each by a 3-0 vote:

• A resolution to rehire county employees.

• A resolution to appoint the CDBG complaint procedure committee.

• A resolution to establish meeting days, which will continue to be set for Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m.

• A resolution outlining commissioners’ various board memberships for the year 2020.

• A resolution designating Duncan as CCAO official representative and Britton as alternate.

• A resolution approving travel to meetings for commissioners.

No other business was discussed Wednesday. Commissioners will resume their regular meeting schedule Jan. 15.