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PBC Commissioner Shelley Vana says counterparts ignored her motion at meeting

by Jennifer Sorentrue | June 12th, 2013

Palm Beach County Commissioner Shelley Vana took aim at her counterparts on Wednesday, alleging that a motion she made during a Solid Waste Authority meeting was ignored.

Vana pointed to Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, who chairs the waste authority’s governing board. Vana said that Taylor did not address her motion to extend a permit for a mulching business, even though the action had been seconded by another member of the commission.

Another commissioner, however, moved to suspend the permit. The commission ultimately approved that request.

“If you just pick which motion we will accept…that will have a chilling effect,” Vana said to Taylor.

Taylor said it was important for commissioners to discuss the item before considering a motion. Taylor suggested the two debate the issue after the meeting was over.

“If you would like to discuss that with me afterwards,” Taylor said to Vana.

“We can’t,” Vana said, pointing to the state’s Sunshine Law, which prevents commissioners from discussing items outside of a public meeting.

15 Responses to “PBC Commissioner Shelley Vana says counterparts ignored her motion at meeting”

  1. WPB Resident Says:

    Sounds like Taylor needs to review her Robert’s Rules of Order – Parliamentary Procedures. She should have addressed the first motion before going on to the next motion. Once Commissioner Vana’s motion was seconded Taylor should have opened it up for discussion. Once discussion was complete on the original motion, a vote should have been taken. Ater the first motion was defeated the motion for “suspension” should have been re-stated, seconded, open for discussion and then voted on.

  2. CorruptionCounty Says:

    More frightening than her lack of knowledge about Roberts Rules of Order is her lack of knowledge about the Sunshine Law. “If you would like to discuss that with me afterwards,” Taylor said to Vana.” Are you kidding me? Why would a Commissioner say anything like that in this County? I would hope the Inspector General would at least give a cursory look over this to see if Commissioner Taylor has “discussed” anything else with other Commissioners after public meetings.

  3. Lisa Says:

    county and city officials don’t give a hoot about the Sunshine Law or most any other law because there is very little internal oversight and even less from government agency’s assigned to investigate them. The public is so disgusted with all of the corruption until they just don’t care so talking outside of the sunshine is probably common place for her.

  4. whasup Says:

    I reckon its time for some scrutiny of Taylor’s entanglements with another vendor who wants the work.

    Has the payoff occurred already or will that come after they get the contract.

    Palm Beach County … making Broward County look ethically upright!

  5. Toni Says:

    I don’t care for Vana but it is obvious that Taylor has no clue about the Sunshine laws. Wonder what else Taylor discusses with the other commissioners behind doors that is illegal.

  6. Micky Says:

    I don’t think taylor realizes this, but she is setting a bad example for Department heads in the county.

    By not following the established rules, this county just becomes just a large suburb of Belle Glade.


    This is the calm before the storm. The commission needs to think twice about electing her queen – I mean Mayor.

  8. Searcher1 Says:

    Some understanding of ROBERTS RULES and SUNSHINE LAW is CRITICAL to a Board Chairperson. If they don’t understand these basics, they should not be Chairperson. Simple….

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  10. Had Enough Says:

    Taylor is an idiot, and should not be in the position to chair any board.

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