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From left, commissioners Reo Griffith, Phyllis Forbes, Kenny Poteat, Martha Hicks and Glenn Johnson oversaw a calmer discussion on AC PRIDE than has marked recent meetings.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2013-05-08 14:09:09
Last modified: 2013-05-08 14:09:07

New tone for incubator discussion

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A notably calmer atmosphere prevailed at Avery County Board of Commissioners’ monthly meeting on Monday, May 6, as compared to recent meetings, which had provoked calls from citizens for more civil discussions, according to board chairman Kenny Poteat, who introduced the meeting by reminding both the audience and commissioners of board policy regarding comments by the public; including provisions that state that citizens must register to speak if asked, speakers must address the entire board when speaking, discussion is not allowed and that verbal abuse on behalf of citizens can cause them to be removed from the meeting or even charged with a class-two misdemeanor.

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