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Motion to enact new county term limits fails
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A motion to once again change term limits on five county boards did not receive a second during a county Policy and Personnel Committee meeting Tuesday night.The motion called for a resolution to extend term limits from one term to two terms affecting the Industrial Development Board, and three separate boards related to the airport – the Airport Zoning Committee, the Airport Commission, and the Airport Board of Zoning Appeals.The resolution called for term limits on the Board of Equalization to be set at four terms.The newly proposed resolution would do away with a resolution that was passed in February preventing appointees to the five county boards from serving consecutive terms.Commissioner Dwight O’Neal presented the measure to the full Warren County Commission during its February meeting as a way to get some “new blood” involved in the community. He pointed out some people have been serving on the same boards for decades.The resolution passed 18-3 with Commissioners Wayne Copeland, Kenneth Rogers and Les Trotman voting against it.The resolution passed in February but has yet to have any consequences since no term limits have expired since that time. However, that will change in October when two members of the Industrial Development Board will have their terms expire, thus prompting commissioners to try and have a resolution on the books for the September full court meeting scheduled for Monday, Sept. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Administrative building on Locust Street.The wording of the current resolution does not prevent the appointee from serving again, but consecutive terms are not allowed.County Executive John Pelham said, “I know several commissioners have been discussing this.