Thursday, December 8th, 2016

See what a little downsizing can do?

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The Waukesha County Board will finally hold all their meetings at night, ending the policy of holding them during working hours which prevented good people from serving or observing what they’re doing.

Supervisors agreed to downsize in March 2006 following a lengthy and heated public debate about whether the old 35-member structure was needlessly cumbersome and costly.

Opponents warned that downsizing would leave the county’s legislative branch ill-equipped to provide oversight for a county government that spends $250 million a year. But downsizing supporters said a smaller board would be more lean and efficient.

“I think it’s going to be an exciting time,” newly elected Supervisor Gilbert Yerke of the Town of Mukwonago said. “It’s just new for everybody.”

As part of the overhaul, the board is cutting back from two meetings a month to one a month. And all meetings will be held at night, ending the previous practice of alternating between daytime and nighttime meetings.

As for cutting back the number of meetings, it’ll just be less meetings for them to cancel.

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