Update: June 29, 2015
An attendee at the Board of Supervisors meeting informs us that McKay talked about the below idea, but felt it wasn’t a good idea at this time. He made no motion. He apparently had a change of heart in the 10 hours between his statements to SRHS Watch and arriving at the meeting.
ORIGINAL POST BELOW
In the comments section of SRHS Trustee Scott Taylor’s blog, SRHS Watch responded to a comment by District 5 Supervisor John McKay. Eventually we proposed to Messrs McKay and Taylor:
In the interest of cooperation and expedited resolution, will you and your respective boards extend and invitation to each other to have a properly noticed joint meeting/work session? That way the the public could see how the sausage is being made. Resolution of small items e.g. disposition of real estate, could be executed quickly with resolutions from both boards simultaneously.
There both groups would have the opportunity to work on a framework for future oversight of hospital operations and pension plan sustainability.
Obviously litigation related matters would require an executive session, but both boards should make a commitment to conducting as much in the public session as possible.
McKay has agreed to bring our proposal to tomorrow’s meeting of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. We hope all there will support this and that the SRHS Board of Trustees expedite their meeting process and re-schedule so as to allow quick response and participation in the proposed joint meetings.
A joint open meeting between both boards would be taking a huge leap towards more transparency and improved governance. Instead of waiting for the new law to take effect, SRHS could make a good faith effort and restore goodwill to the public and retirees by having open meetings sooner than required. Hopefully working under a focused agenda with the JCBOS will give them some practice.