EDITORIAL: Kudos to mayor, commissioners

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We must give credit where credit is due. We want to thank Mayor Don Pay and the Taylorsville City Commission for doing right by residents and other interested parties who attended the special meeting Thursday night, Feb. 6,
After voting to go into executive session to discuss issues of pending litigation, real estate and personnel matters, the mayor announced that he and the commissioners would convene that portion of the meeting in a conference room at the water district office, located across the parking lot from the City Hall Annex. He welcomed all attending to remain in the annex until the commission returned to reconvene the open meeting.
This occurred just one day after The Spencer Magnet published a story regarding a decision by the state attorney general’s office that recommended “convenient” accommodations for the public during executive sessions, as well as an editorial encouraging city officials to follow the AG’s directive.
Two members of the media, several city department heads and several members of the public enjoyed a warm room with comfortable seating and access to water and restrooms during the hour that the commission met behind closed doors. The wait was a pleasant experience for those who decided to stay until the end of the open meeting.
Previously, the commission would send everyone outdoors while they held executive session in the annex meeting room, regardless of the weather conditions.
We encourage the commission to continue this practice, and we hope that it will become a tradition that continues beyond upcoming elections and remains the policy of future administrations.
It is the right thing to do.

Note: Unsigned editorials represent the collective opinion of our editorial board, made up of Publisher Lynette Mason and Staff Writer Mallory Bilger.