Evening DeKalb Commission meetings proposed

DeKalb County residents with day jobs may soon have a more convenient time to speak to their elected leaders and watch them at work.

The DeKalb Board of Commissioners is considering whether to hold one meeting monthly in the evening to accommodate residents who can't attend regular weekly morning meetings.

The commission would schedule Committee of the Whole meetings for 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Residents would be able to speak their minds during the public comment portion of those meetings at 6:30 p.m.

Commissioners use Committee of the Whole meetings to set their agenda for regular voting meetings, to consider policies and to hear presentations. Regular business meetings would continue to be held at 9 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

"DeKalb County, Georgia, is committed to ensuring transparency and accessibility to all of its taxpayers, visitors and the public at large," according to the resolution pending with the DeKalb Commission. "It is important that members of the public be able to voice their opinions, ideas and concerns related to DeKalb County."