The Army has set up a new local board to give Utah communities a conduit for information and enhance citizen participation in the operation of its chemical stockpile disposal program.

But the public cannot attend the board's meetings."The meetings are closed to sustain an atmosphere for candid exchange of views," explained Tooele Army Depot spokeswoman Susan Broadbent.

Broadbent said citizens are welcome to sit outside the meetings of the new Intergovernmental Consultation and Coordination Board and question the members when they come out.

If citizens have concerns, they can contact a board member to have those concerns put on the board's agenda, she said. And for copies of the board's minutes, notices of meetings or other information, people can call her at 833-3216.

Broadbent said citizens can also attend "public scoping meetings" that are announced from time to time.

The new board includes representatives of the Army, other federal agencies, state and local government. It has no non-governmental members. It will meet at least once a year and no more than quarterly. Its first meeting was Feb. 28 at the depot. Broadbent said notices of future meetings will be published in the newspaper.

Board members are: Col. Richard J. Maksimowski, TAD commander; Capt. Patrick Endres, chief of the depot's Environmental Management Office; Lorayne Frank, director of the Utah Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management; Leland J. Hogan and Bill Pitt, Tooele County commissioners; Mark Nash, Tooele County emergency services director; Dennis Downs, state Bureau of Solid and Hazardous Waste representative; Robert L. Hite Jr., Federal Emergency Management Agency Region 8 representative; Linda Anderson, U.S. Centers for Disease Control director; Larry Wapensky, Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 representative; and William Campbell, Chemical Demilitarization representative.

Tooele Army Depot is one of eight mainland sites where the nation's supply of obsolete deadly chemical agent and munitions is to be destroyed. TAD has about 42 percent of the nation's total tonnage of chemical agent.