Commissioner Carlos Salazar Jr. said, “It has been on the back burner as long as I can remember.
“The board itself had proposed some changes and additions and the court proposed some changes and additions.
“Then there were some questions on some of the items that we felt better if (County Attorney) Mike Knight would give us his blessing on.”
Salazar said that he was asking the court to again review the changes and possibly get the bylaws approved as it has been several months since they were given to Knight.
Commissioner Dennis DeWitt said that the current state of the bylaws was too confusing.
“This is not a normal county operation. It was set up as... more or less a corporation,” he said. “These bylaws are so convoluted they look like they were put together by three or four lawyers.
“My take is, ‘OK, we have copies that have yellow, blue, red and black for changes and it is 11 pages long.’
“Personally if I was on the board of directors, I would like to have another shot at this.”
County Judge David Silva said that given the time frame since the bylaws were drafted, and other circumstances surrounding the changes, that the board should have a chance to again review the bylaws.
“I think the board needs to make their point of view known,” he said.
Commissioner Kenneth Haggard asked also that the Expo Center board look at the bylaws and even clean them up before the commissioners look again.
Salazar, however, said that this was already done prior to both Haggard and DeWitt joining the court.
“It originated from the board and worked its way up to the court, who had the final blessing on it,” he said. “Now, what we are going to do is start this process again.
“I understand you guys are new on the court but that is how the process started.”
Silva said, “Let’s give them the opportunity to look at what we are looking at.”
Earlier this year, there were some questions surrounding these bylaws and implications that a former trustee had made changes to the bylaws after the Expo board members approved their draft but before commissioners had an opportunity to review it.
At Salazar’s request, which was his intent, the commissioners will have a chance to review the current documents and return at a future meeting to discuss approving or modifying the existing bylaws. Additionally, at the request of other commissioners, the document was to be given back to the Expo board members to verify that they also agree with the all the changes made since their approval.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.