Open communication allows most public good to be done

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lincoln County supervisors’ decision earlier this year to notrenew a state wildlife agency district office lease on acounty-owned building spurred little public sentiment against themeasure.

However, recent events – including a petition drive that hascollected more than 400 signatures and an overwhelming unscientificDAILY LEADER opinion poll – suggest the public at large was moreinterested in the measure than first thought. Recent activity wasspurred when a Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parkadministrator told a local civic club that the agency did not wantto leave.

Despite the recent spotlight, though, supervisors in responsehave remained mostly silent except for a few words aboutspace-related needs for the tax collector’s office. When thecollected petitions were presented at last Monday’s board meeting,supervisors spoke little about the situation and took the matterunder advisement.

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With wildlife wheels in motion toward a district office move toPike County, whether the matter needs to be revisited at thisjuncture may be a moot point.

However, what is not moot is the fact that supervisors and otherpublic boards maintaining open lines of communication is when themost public good is done – and unexpected uprisings over dubiousdecisions can be avoided.