The County Commission chambers will soon have a sound system so the audience can actually hear what happens at the commission table.

Acoustics in the commission chambers have long been of concern. When the person addressing the commission sits facing the commission, no one in the audience can hear what is being said, particularly if the heating or cooling system blower is on.Funding was included in the 1991 budget for a recording and amplification system. Randy Freston, county engineer, told commissioners the system would also allow a permanent tape recording to be made of each meeting.

There will be four direct-line mikes, one in front of each commissioner and a mike in front of the person addressing the commission. Those mikes will feed into the tape recorder. There will be a mike at the center table to amplify the sound for the audience. Commissioners plan to keep the tapes on file.