YORKVILLE – The Kendall County Forest Preserve District Commission meeting agendas will now have consent agendas going forward.
The commission voted, 10-0, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to approve an ordinance amendment in the commission's rules of order for meetings that would add a consent agenda item to the meeting agenda.
A consent agenda is a meeting practice where routine business and reports can be grouped together into one agenda item, as opposed to discussing and voting on each individual agenda item separately.
Judy Gilmour, president of the forest preserve commission, said the practice would be similar to what the Kendall County Board currently does during their meetings. She said it can help speed up votes on certain items where the commission doesn't feel like there will be extra discussion about those points, whether that means it’s already been discussed in previous committee meetings.
“So it just kind of makes the meeting run a little bit more efficiently, to have a consent agenda,” Gilmour said.
Gilmour said she doesn't know why it hasn't been the practice for the commission to have a consent agenda. She, along with other commissioners, also said commissioners can always ask to have something removed from the consent agenda if any further discussion on the item in question is desired.
Dave Guritz, executive director for the forest preserve district, was absent for the Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting. Emily Dombrowski, environmental education program manager for the forest preserve district, helped run the meeting in his place.
The change is effective immediately, according to commission meeting documents.