Open government advocate: Hold meetings when more residents are able to attend

Of the 28 official Danville boards and commissions listed on the city’s website, about half of them hold meetings during work-day hours — while open to the public, most people with daytime jobs would find them difficult to attend.
Megan Rhyne, executive director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, said while her organization does not have a “best practices” stance on what time government bodies should hold their meetings at the most convenient times possible for the largest number of people.

“In today’s working world, [working] 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is not the norm, as it was 25 years ago,” Rhyne said, noting that many companies offer flex time and other schedule options to its employees. “But you do want to schedule meetings when most people could attend them.” Continue>>>