Newspaper glitch makes public hearing less
It really isn’t too unusual to hold a
public hearing and have nobody from the public show up. But
last week, Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert said the reason
no one likely appeared at the public hearings held on
various county projects is quite simple—the item wasn’t
So, how did a public hearing fail to get
public notification? Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers
says the official county newspaper, quite simply, “dropped
the ball and failed to publish it.” Meyers was none too
happy because he says not only is redoing a public hearing,
after the agenda item is re-published, is time consuming and
unnecessary, he also noted that some folks in the community
had called thinking commissioners and county staff were just
dumber than dirt because they didn’t “post” the item.
Posted it was—published it wasn’t. Meyers
says he feels it might behoove the county to go out for bids
again in light of the recent snafu.
And, he says, even if no one generally
does show up at most of the county’s public hearings, the
county is still obligated by law to publish the information
on the meetings to allow the public the opportunity to
attend if they so desire.
“We sent it over there and it wasn’t run.
When people have called me on this incident, I just have to
tell them that we went through the bid process to choose an
official paper. They were the lowest bidder and maybe it is
true that you get what you pay for.”
Holiday for most
Remember Monday was Martin Luther King
Day and it was an official holiday for most government
officials. I say most because this column has only one
source, regardless of the topic—Commissioner Meyers. Not
that Andy is my secret source of information—on Monday he
was my only source of information. He was out going to
meetings across the county and answered his cell phone just
as if it was business as usual. I thank him for that. Kind
Ice and frigid temps
Meyers mentioned that he was leaving the
east side of Fort Bend and heading to the Katy area. It was
already colder there than Sugar Land, but the winds and
predicted icy conditions were making it across the county.
Meyers said he had to cancel a breakfast fundraiser he had
scheduled for today (Wednesday) because of the weather
predictions, which included ice, sleet, freezing
temperatures and just generally nasty stuff.
Now I don’t know about most people, but I
am a native Texan and I am quite comfortable celebrating
Christmas in shorts. I personally believe that ice is for
iced tea and snow is for cones. Liking temperatures less
than 90 degrees means you are a damn Yankee and not pulling
out a heavy coat when the temp drops below, say about 70
means you must be an Alaskan or Canadian tourist.
In other words, I hate winter. So, if you call the office
looking for me, I will most likely be in some state of
self-defense hibernation until things get back to normal.