Regular meetings of the Linn County Board of Supervisors will officially begin at a new time, starting Jan. 9.
Work sessions will now be held at 10 a.m. each Monday, while formal board meetings will be held at 10 a.m. each Wednesday. Previously, both meetings began at 11 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays respectively.
Department head meeting times will remain unchanged, taking place at 9 a.m. each Tuesday.
The board approved the new meeting times at their regular meeting Jan. 4.
The new time for the board meetings were suggested by several county employees, including county auditor Joel Miller, who told the board Jan. 3 that meetings beginning at 11 a.m. make it difficult for his employees, who keep the board’s official minutes, to attend meetings that span lunch breaks.
Mr. Miller also suggested that some Linn County Board of Supervisors meetings could be held in communities around the county to improve outreach. Newly-appointed board chair Louie Zumbach said he supported the idea, but wanted more information as to whether remote meetings would present logistical challenges for county employees.
The board didn’t discuss the remote meeting idea at their meeting Jan. 4.