County repeals 2017 rule on tracking time

December 22, 2018

A policy that requires the Allen County commissioners to track their time spent working for the public is no more. 

In a unanimous vote Friday, the commissioners approved a repeal of the rule, which was approved in July 2017. In an interview, Commissioner Nelson Peters said the policy was “onerous, there was no enforcement mechanism in it and it wasn’t being complied with.”

When the policy was adopted last year, it was billed as a way to increase transparency and accountability for the members of Allen County’s executive branch. The policy was put in place at a time when now-outgoing Commissioner Linda Bloom had attended 14 of 21 county commissioner meetings. Friday was Bloom’s last meeting as a county commissioner.  

“It is, I think, just good business in terms of making sure that the people who vote for us know what it is we’re doing and where we are,” Peters told The Journal Gazette in 2017. 

All three commissioners voted to repeal the policy.

In other business, the commissioners approved a $103,400 contract with R&C Fencing to install 4,000 feet of 6-foot wrought-iron fencing to surround Memorial Coliseum. The first phase of the project will be installed next year, with an additional phase installed in 2020.

“This is recommended by the NBA for security for players and officials,” Randy Brown general manager of the Coliseum said. “Many of our concerts and family shows want a restricted marshaling area where we bring entertainers, park buses, trucks and all those things.”


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