The most interesting part of an El Paso County Board of Commissioners meeting is often not on the agenda.
After the Pledge of Allegiance and before the Consent Calendar is called up, chairman Jim Bensberg will ask his fellow commissioners — and any other elected official present — if they want to comment on anything.
Sometimes the commissioners will stick with small talk, chatting about this or that sporting event. More often, they’ll take to the mike and give little free-wheeling speeches.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Bensberg, who had just toured the county’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, said the county building ought to have a receptacle on each floor for used batteries. “We pride ourselves in recycling all things recyclable.”
And commissioner Dennis Hisey, back after a two-week absence, observed that when minimum wages were up, there was a corresponding drop in unemployment among youths.
For a moment, it was almost as if body snatchers from the Other Party had invaded the room. Then reality returned and we settled back in our seats to admire slides of a galactic-sized Powers Boulevard being planned by the transportation guys.