Nothing prevented commissioners from attending Aug. 12 meeting

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To The Daily Sun,

A recent letter to the editor by the Belknap County Commissioners contains a novel legal theory — that a properly noticed meeting must contain all of the items on the agenda. That is simply not true. There was nothing to prevent the commissioners from attending the August 12 meeting concerning a revenue anticipation note for Gunstock Mountain and nothing to prevent them from staying for any other business to come before the convention.

One of the commissioners was present for discussions concerning certain budgetary transfer requests which came before the executive committee of the convention and easily could have stayed for the properly noticed general meeting of the delegation.

The context which is unmentioned by the commissioners is that they have spent several years and three hundred thousand dollars of the public's money to produce a plan for a new prison which has very little support. A lame attempt to deflect notice from their incompetence does nothing to advance the public interest.

Rep. Dick Burchell
Belknap 5