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KG Board updates Tech Advisory committee

The King George Board of Supervisors added another member to a planned Technology Advisory committee and also agreed to make a change in the groups’ charter.

At a meeting on July 15, James Madison Supervisor Jim Howard nominated Al Ventura for the committee. Howard also said he had another person selected who was considering the commitment, adding he expected to make his second nomination shortly.  

Shiloh Supervisor Cedell Brooks noted he was likewise looking for another person interested in filling his second nomination slot.

Fully filling the committee slots has been going slowly, especially with fewer meetings over the summer months.
The next meeting of the Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Aug. 5.

At that meeting, the board expects to have the committee’s charter brought back to the board for reconsideration with a change to be made.

CHARTER TO BE AMENDED
Howard had suggested a charter change that would delete the necessity for two staff members to be nominated by the county administrator, Travis Quesenberry.

Howard said he didn’t know who Quesenberry had in mind, but noted that county government staff members all have plenty on their plates already.

Other board members agreed, with Dahlgren Supervisor Ruby Brabo suggesting that Quesenberry instead designated a staff member as a point of contact and for administrative support.

That could mean that staff assigned would not be required to attend all meetings. The change would lower the number of committee members from twelve to ten, also making it easier to schedule meetings.

The modification is expected to be drafted and brought back to the next board meeting, with an initial committee meeting expected to be called for a date to be set in August or September.

MEMBERS
In addition to the recent addition of Ventura, the others previously selected for the committee include four appointed on May 21. Those members are Dee Strauss and Lyle Brown, nominated by Chairman Joe Grzeika, and Thad Dobbert and Tony Zilic, nominated by Supervisor Dale Sisson.

Previously appointed in May were Dale Robertson and Jonathan Usher nominated by Brabo, along with Cathy Binder, appointed on a nomination by Brooks in March.

The idea for the committee had been spawned late last year by encouragement by several county residents who live in sparsely-populated areas of King George and want access to affordable broadband internet.   

Robertson was one of the residents who attended board meetings and spoke on the topic during public comment.
He and several others, including Barbara Wagner, had formed a small group of King George residents calling itself King George Connected, which began meeting last November to research possible solutions to the problems of getting broadband internet to underserved areas.

Supervisors want the two committees to work together or at least overlap when the county’s tech committee begins meetings. But the board also envisages that the committee could take on technology issues beyond the topic of broadband availability.

CHARTER & PURPOSE
Under the group’s charter, the terms of the committee members are for one year, commencing at the date of the first meeting. The Board may take action to extend the term following the initial one year term.

The makeup of the committee is now intended to be 10 members appointed by the board with each supervisor nominating individuals for two slots.

As noted above, a member of county staff is expected to be named by the county administrator, to serve as a point of contact and provide administrative support.

The committee members will serve at the pleasure of the board for one year, starting from the date of the first meeting. Continuation of the committee is to be evaluated by the Board of Supervisors at the end of a year.

The purpose of the committee is broadly defined, “to make recommendations to the Board on specific policies and matters related to technology, and to make the board aware of effective an efficient technology opportunities.”

MEETINGS, MINUTES & REPORTS
The charter indicates that at its first meeting, the committee is to establish a meeting schedule for coming year.
Also at the first meeting, the committee is expected to elect a chairman from its membership to preside at meetings and to serve as the representative of the committee to the Board of Supervisors.

It is also to elect a vice-chairman to serve in the absence of the chairman.

Minutes are expected to be taken, described in the charter as, “A full and true permanent record shall be kept of all meetings of the Committee.”

An annual report is to be presented to the Board of Supervisors by the chairman or his/her designee prior to the end of the calendar year. As an advisory committee to a public body, state law requires that meetings be open to the public, with notice to be provided for all meetings of the committee.

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