A subcommittee was formed by the Carroll County Delegation on March 21st, 2016 “To make the ad hoc committee a subcommittee of the delegation with all due authority and to name Carroll County Agricultural Learning Center” by Rep. Parker, 2nd Avellani. Motion passed 10-1 with Rep. Ticehurst opposed and with Reps. Butler, McConkey, Chandler and Wright absent from the vote" The committee consisted of Reps. Cordelli, Avellani, McConkey, Buco and Comeau. That " subcommittee" has now met twice and a third meeting is being planned.
According to the Carroll County Delegation "Draft" minutes of May 16th 2016, it is clear that the Commissioners and the majority of the delegation are on different wavelengths. The Commissioners are forming their own committee and were never invited to participate in the Delegation committee. To date it would also appear that the Commissioners have likewise not invited the any Delegation members to their committee. Strangely, Delegation Chair Karen Umberger "said she is disappointed the commissioners chose to do something different and are not participating in the delegation effort." As chair of the Delegation, she could have used her position to get both groups to work collaboratively.
Rep. Butler questioned at that same meeting whether the Delegation can create a subcommittee that is not budgetary in nature.
As per 24:13 Powers, the County Delegation : "can raise county taxes, to make appropriations for the use of the county and to authorize the purchase of real estate for its use, the sale and conveyance of its real estate, the erection, enlargement or repair of its buildings exceeding an expense of $5,000, and the issuing of bonds for its debts, shall be vested in the county convention. "
Sure the Delegation can form any committee it wants to, but the ad hoc and now formal subcommittee, has no legal authority to do anything. They have yet to even publish a mission statement as to their purpose and goal.
What does the Delegation that authorized this subcommittee expect as a deliverable?
The Commissioners on the other hand have not formalized anything in terms of their own subcommittee to my knowledge.
Personally, I hope that the funds to keep the farm operating past August can be found in the current budget. The Commissioner have the authority to make that decision, but the Delegation must approve the line item transfer of funds if the request is ever made. That should make for a very interesting discussion and vote should it ever come about.
Two of the three Commissioner seats ( Sorensen and Ahlgren) and all the Delegation members are up for re-election this coming November. June 1st to June 10th is the timeframe to declare for candidates seeking these offices.