Frazier said she wasn't considering procedure during the discussion, but instead was focused on "making a decision that saves taxpayers' money."

Commissioners Chief of Staff Steve Powell said the commissioners' office is not required to advertise a discussion or potential vote on a resolution, which is not new or representing a change of course.

"If it were, it would have been advertised," Powell said, adding that he viewed the issue as an administrative matter.

Commissioner Doug Howard suggested during the meeting that the issue be placed on a future agenda for discussion.

He said the board is getting "dangerously close" to the point where it has a limited time left in office and needs to move with getting out of the agreement.

"We put the money aside. It was supposed to be acted upon when these permits were executed. We voted on that," he said. "To sort of haphazardly, in a short period of time, take a different course of action, I think is concerning."

Shoemaker said introducing topics during a meeting and taking action on them when not advertised is not a precedent he would like this board to set.

"I would've rather had it as a specific agenda item," he said. "But we're up against the clock on this thing."

Rothschild, who earlier this year requested statewide legislation requiring public bodies to post an agenda before public meetings, said the board viewed the issue as an administrative item.

He added that the board should "always give our public as much notice as possible."

"When we're in the middle of a time sensitive situation, it's not always easy to provide advance notice," he said.

According to a county news release issued Feb. 21, "County staff will be studying the permits during the 10-day review period in concert with Frederick County and the Northeast Waste Disposal Authority and will advise the Commissioners once the review is complete."

In 2009, the previous board of county commissioners entered into an agreement with Frederick County and the Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority to build an incinerator in Frederick capable of handling 1,500 tons of waste a day.

The current Carroll County commissioners informed Frederick County in 2012 that they were preparing to exit the agreement, citing concerns with the cost of building the incinerator and hauling costs. This gave Frederick the go-ahead to begin seeking a replacement partner for the project, but a replacement partner has yet been announced.