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January 20, 2013

More plan to frequent meetings

DANVILLE — A change in occupations will mean improved monthly meeting attendance, said one Vermilion County Board member.

An examination of minutes from the six monthly Vermilion County Board meetings in July through November and a special meeting of the full board on July 27 found that two board members — Larry Davis of District 9 and Kevin Green of District 2 — missed half of the meetings.

For Davis, the missed meetings are a carryover from the first half of the year when he also missed half of the meetings, according to county board minutes.

Davis, who has been a board member since 2006, cited his work as a truck driver in June as the reason for the missed meetings and said it was the same reason for two of his three absences in the latter half of the year.

“Trucking is not what everybody thinks it is,” Davis said. “It’s hard to get back.”

He added that overnight stays in locations made it difficult to make it back in time for scheduled meetings sometimes.

According to county board minutes, Davis had absences in September and October that were listed as excused by previous board chairman Jim McMahon.

Since the end of October, however, Davis said he has started working at House of Bikes, 533 E. Main St. He believes the business hours — which end at 6 p.m. — shouldn’t keep him from making future county board meetings.

“My boss allows me to leave early for committee meetings,” he said, citing the Jan. 8 board meeting as an example. “It’s a lot more flexible.”

Davis’ third absence was from the November board meeting. He said he was sick that night. Board minutes did not list the absence as excused.

Like Davis, work also is the reason behind the late year board meeting absences by Kevin Green. Green, board notes indicate, had consecutive absences from the August, September and October board meetings. All were listed as excused.

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