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January 24, 2014

Democrat Says - Charter review fails meeting objective

Live Oak —

The Live Oak Charter Review Committee was given the task of reviewing the current charter for the city and present a recommendation to the Live Oak City Council on whether it should be amended. However, what the council received at their meeting Tuesday night, Jan. 14, was two recommendations that lacked the full support of the committee. (See the story regarding this online at suwanneedemocrat.com, search ‘charter review ends disgruntled’, or see the Jan. 17 print edition.)

At the charter review meetings, it was evident there was a conflict between members. We’re not doubting that each member had the best interest of the city in mind, but we noticed early on that personal agendas may have played a part. 

When the recommendations went before the council, minutes went by while councilors heatedly debated whether or not to take their recommendations for review. 

Of course this is nothing uncommon in Suwannee County. For years, the city council and the Suwannee County Board of County Commissioners have not had a working relationship. At both council and commission board meetings, heated, sometimes raucous, debates are considered the norm. Why should we expect anything less from committees that are chosen by such boards?

If Suwannee County is going to grow and prosper, unity in our local government has got to be a priority. 

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