The applications for Phase 2 in the state's re-open procedure are done and on the way from Benton and Franklin Counties, but not without some lively discussion.

While Benton County sailed through, in Franklin County Wednesday morning, some discussion between Commissioners Brad Peck and Clint Didier were lively.

Didier voted against the Phase 2 application, instead saying the businesses of the County and cities should protest against the unjust closure by re-opening. He objected to Phase 2 only allowing certain establishments and industries to re open.

During the meeting, streamed live on video, Commissioner Peck responded with:

“My fellow commissioner just clearly advocated for citizens to openly violate a law."

He then went on to explain why he disagreed with that idea. Peck and Commissioner Robert Koch voted yes, with Koch saying the county needs to get people back to work now.  Both Benton and Franklin County hope to hear within a few days if they're approved for Phase 2.

Didier, as he has done in the past, also raised concerns about the Phase step ups requiring the county hire more Health District workers for contact tracing and other tasks. Didier, back in May, said the BFHD could end up $3 million over budget by year's end.

The Commissioners meetings are streamed live, click on the button below to watch the Wednesday morning meeting.

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