Local governmental bodies often deal with serious issues, making decisions that sometimes impact lives or involve millions of tax dollars.
Yet, it’s refreshing that some of our elected officials are able to maintain their sense of humor in the process of considering weighty matters.
While discussing the county’s three ongoing construction projects Tuesday, Hopkins County Magistrate Larry Wilson made an inquiry about the public works building, which is due to open in the spring.
“Are we calling it the J.B. Browning Imperial Palace?” Wilson asked, referring to the county’s public works director.
Michael Duncan, county community development director, responded by saying, “No, but he has the office with the best window view.”
The exchange drew hearty laughter throughout the Fiscal Court Room.
Later in the meeting, Magistrate Shaun Roberts made his customary motion to adjourn the session.
Before he could get a vote, a county employee in the audience asked permission to speak further about costs associated with the 2012 general election.
“I can’t get anything passed around here,” Roberts joked, throwing his arms up in mock disbelief.
Moments later, Fiscal Court restored order and unanimously voted to adjourn.