Why Does Knox County Commission Keep Screwing with Public Participation?

The Knox County Commission Rules Committee met on January 17, 2023, the Rules Committee consist of Knox County Commissioners Carson Dailey, John Schoonmaker, Commission Vice Chair Terry Hill, at Large Commissioner Seat 11 Kim Frazier and at Large Commissioner “seat 10”. Attending as an observer was Commissioner Gina Oster of the Third District.

In the more than 58 minute meeting several rule changes were discussed and proposed for the February 2023 Commission meeting. The Commission Work Session will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday February 13 and the Commission Meeting (where votes will be held) is at 5 p.m. on Tuesday February 21. The Tuesday meeting is due to the Monday February 20 Knox County Holiday for Presidents Day.

The Commission is discussing changing Public Forum again. Remember it use to be 5 minutes and is now 3 minutes. The most comical part is when Commissioner “seat 10” refers to when he was Chair and everyone let “the mob” take over. Don’t take my word for it, here him say it here. Assuming “seat 10” meant the October 26, 2020 meeting, here the relevant exchange here or maybe the April 19, 2021 Work Session here, the relevant exchange is here. The Justice System is still in the process of dealing with the “Anthony Thompson, Jr. Seven” that were arrested, charged and continue to face prosecution for the April 19, 2021 meeting.

Webster defines Mob as “a large and disorderly crowd of people especially: one bent on riotous or destructive action.” So, “seat 10” obviously has no idea what a mob is, he is a dude that has lived in the affluent “Sheafields” community of the Lyons Bend area, West Hills Estate and will eventually reside in Sequoyah Hills. Not sure how at Large Commissioner seat 10 defines “large” but in a common man definition, a few people in the balcony of the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building on October 26, 2022 or less than 10 on April 19, 2021 is NOT a large amount.

As for the statement that at Large Seat 10 said on April 19, 2021 that the Commission welcomes public engagement, since then the Commission has reduced the amount of time for public forum per individual from 5 minutes to 3 minutes and has split the time from speaking on an agenda item to open public forum on the agenda. So, since April 19, 2021, the idea that Commission welcomes public input is NOT accurate, based on the Commissions actions.

The Rules Committee meeting from January 17, 2023 can be viewed here.

a Knox County Commission work session from 11/8/2021

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