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Tulare supes to hold night meetings

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors will hold night meetings five times this year. This might be a first for the governing body.

Meetings will rotate by district, with the first meeting at 7 p.m. March 12 at Farmersville City Hall.

Supervisor Pete Vander Poel, board chairman this year, announced the night meetings Tuesday.

“I want the public to have an opportunity to get to know county government,” he said. Fellow supervisors are fine with the change, he said.

No precipitating event caused Vander Poel to push for the change, he said, but “I know that the majority of people work from 8 to 5.”

When and where the other meetings will take place has yet to be determined — but there’s some history.

The last time supervisors held regular meetings away from chambers in Visalia, the county seat, was in 2005 when Connie Conway — now minority leader in the Assembly — was board chairman. The daytime meetings were held at city council chambers in Tulare, Lindsay, Porterville and Dinuba, and in Visalia at the Convention Center.

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