In the May 13 Pantagraph, a front-page article notes the county prosecutor may file charges against two current and one former volunteer County Health Board members for violations of the Open Meetings Act. As former health department Director Walt Howe correctly pointed out, the board members were never informed of this law and when they were informed about it, they immediately complied.
County’s prosecution of its own volunteers when they did not receive adequate training for their position will certainly discourage concerned citizens from volunteering in the future. As a taxpayer, I find it disturbing that I live in a state that is billions of dollars in debt, and I live in a county that can’t afford to fill potholes or replace faulty sewer systems.
Nevertheless, we have the money to prosecute volunteers whose major crime is that they live in a county that is so inept that it lacks procedures to inform board members of relevant laws that affect their committees. If anyone should be prosecuted, it should be Jason Chambers for failing to have proper procedures in place and for wasting our limited tax dollars.
George Byrns, Bloomington