The City Commission only had one item of business on their October 26 agenda. They were hearing information about forming a special commission, with Mason County, to assist them in dealing with the parties involved in the electrical transmission lines being discussed for possible routing in Mason County.
Commissioner William Beaty expressed concerns about the amount of paperwork and involvement required for the City. Mayor Brent Hinckley noted that many of the issues that Mr. Beaty were concerned about were only issues if the commission took money and paid staff.
Mason County Judge Jerry Bearden explained that the commission is being formed for a limited purpose, and that is to help oppose the electrical transmission lines. Commissioner Beaty asked if there was any way to accept the resolution to join the commission while also stating that it was just for that limited purpose. Judge Bearden and Mayor Hinckley both agreed that the law was worded such that it would have to either be a yes or no on acceptance without modifications. They both also noted that there were rather extensive guidelines for conducting the business of the commission, and that might be the place for identifying mission and goals.
Commissioner Beaty also expressed a concern with the commission only having three members. He worried that it would be subject to the desires of only two members who could outvote the third member. Mayor Hinckley and Judge Bearden both agreed that it might be feasible to add at least two other members.
Commissioner Beaty moved to accept the resolution, and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Bob Vacek. The City Commission accepted the resolution unanimously, and agreed to allow Mayor Hinckley to serve until they can officially make their appointment to the body at their November meeting.