By the time the May election rolls around, the Floyd County Fiscal Court will not have held a regular meeting for three months.
In March, the court met in special meeting one day before its regular meeting date. This month, the court’s regular meeting date falls on Good Friday, so the court will meet in special session April 24, instead.
And, barring a need for another special meeting, that will be the last meeting before the May primary election. Next month, instead of meeting on their regular date, four days before the election, the court will meet a week after the election, on May 27. County Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall said the fiscal courtroom will be unavailable on the regular May meeting date, to allow for training prior to the election.
Special meetings of the fiscal court differ from regular meetings in two key respects. First, once the agenda is set for a special meeting, it cannot be changed and the court cannot discuss anything not on the agenda. That is not the case in regular meetings.
Also, the fiscal court traditionally does not allow comments from the public during special meetings. Members of the public can observe special meetings, but cannot comment.
During the March special meeting, there was some grumbling among the audience when it was announced that the April meeting would also be a special meeting, with some speculating that it was a tactic to prevent the public from being able to address the court prior to the election.
But Marshall said Thursday that is not the case. Instead, he said the court’s regular meeting date has coincidentally fallen victim to the calendar in the three months ahead of the election.
“Good Friday and the election, that’s all it’s about,” Marshall said.