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Open communication allows most public good to be done

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.

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.