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Public notice concerns cancel meeting
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Forsyth County News

On the recommendation of legal staff, a Monday meeting of the Forsyth County Water and Sewer Committee was canceled a few hours ahead of time.

County Attorney Ken Jarrard said he would have preferred that public notice have also been posted at the main administrative building, in addition to the meeting’s location.

"With these special committees, an issue comes up as to where their regular meeting site is and it’s a little confusing," Jarrard said.

"I decided I would feel more comfortable if they were posting their notices at the county admin building and at the location where they were going to meet."

He added that no complaints prompted the cancelation.

Several public meetings have been scrapped in recent months following concerns about proper public notice.

Earlier this year, the Attorney General’s Office ruled the county had circumvented the spirit of the opening meetings act during a previous situation.

According to open meetings law, the notice for the water and sewer committee was available at the site of the meeting, which was the Antioch Road water treatment facility.

It was also made in advance of the 24-hour required time period.

Aside from exercising caution, officials also decided to cancel the meeting due to conflicts for some group members, said Tim Perkins, water and sewer director.

The committee plans to reschedule for a date in about two weeks, he said.

The water and sewer committee includes Commissioners Brian Tam and Patrick Bell, Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt and Perkins.

The group discusses the day-to-day operations of the department.

Items on the agenda for the meeting included city/county boundary adjustments/service delivery strategy, discussion on Tennessee River transfer and Shakerag plant permitting and pump station.