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April 16, 2013

Controversy at Board of Health meeting

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"I don't like coming to meetings I'm not prepared for," Goff said. "I will not be a part of a Board of Health that operates like this." 

At this point, Goff threatened to walk out of the meeting. This would have left the board without a quorum. There are five voting members on the board, with only three present (Agan, Van Zante and Goff). If Goff had left, the meeting would have had to end. Board members Bryan Schaffer and Rebecca McKay were absent. 

Agan and Van Zante each asked Goff to reconsider leaving. Goff ultimately stayed. Van Zante offered more explanation as to why she was trying to implement Robert's rules.

"We're trying to impose some structure," Van Zante said. 

"Most organizations don't follow Robert's Rules of Order," Agan said. 

"This board has been out of control for some time," Van Zante said. She reaffirmed that the Board of Health's bylaws stated that Robert's Rules would be followed.

"The bylaws are a concern themselves," Agan said. 

Goff asked why the rules were going to be followed now. Tuesday's meeting was only Goff's second on the board. She asked why other board members had not received more advanced notification that the rules would be followed in this way. 

Van Zante explained that there were family conflicts that impeded her ability to notify them properly.

"I'm sorry it got thrown at you so hard," Van Zante said. 

"It doesn't look to me like we're prepared to do this," Agan added. His motion eventually passed, and Dorn's evaluation will be held in November. Van Zante wanted to defer this decision until the entire board was present. This was not approved. 

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