Franklin County supervisors have their work cut out for them every third Tuesday of the month. So much so that it requires a more than eight-hour meeting each month.
There is so much information disseminated during these sessions it is nearly impossible to absorb it all in one day. To digest that much material in one day is difficult for the average citizen and a lot to ask of the board.
These meetings typically start anywhere from noon to 1:30 p.m. The general public typically is at work between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. making it difficult to attend these.
Public comment often runs long depending on the topic. For example, in January there were nearly two hours of public comment on a proposed campground in Union Hall.
Additionally, by meeting once a month, the board is, in effect, delaying the approval process for any given item if supervisors table a decision until the next meeting. By meeting more than once a month, the board could reach decisions quicker.
Floyd County’s Board of Supervisors meets twice each month, once in the morning and once in the evenings to accommodate everyone. Patrick County supervisors meet twice a month most months of the year as do supervisors in Roanoke and Bedford counties (though Bedford has three meetings scheduled for March and April). Pittsylvania County only meets once a month with a work session beginning at 4:30 and regular meeting at 7 p.m.
Even the Town of Boones Mill, with a population of 235 people, meets twice a month to conduct official business. It would benefit the board and the citizens of Franklin County if supervisors would consider meeting more than once a month.