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Proposed Amendments to the Charter mostly shot down

January 24, 2013

I was very glad of this.

I don’t know how much interest there would be in this, but I went back and watched this part of the video again.

Here’s the link in case you’d like to watch it.

The meeting started at 6:30pm and went for about 3 1/2 hours before going into Executive Session until about 1am.  The first half of the meeting was about the proposed Amendments to the Charter.

Here they are in case you care.

1.  Pay the Mayor $150/month.  Take No Action 7-0                                                                                                                                                                       2. Limitation of Mayoral veto.  Take No Action (TNA) 4-3  I was actually disappointed with this result as I thought the Mayoral veto should have the ability to be overridden by Council.  Outvoted again. 🙂
3.  Reduce oversight of Council to only City Manager.  Take No Action.  7-0
4. Remove limitation to resign to run for another office.  Passed.  Shelbourne, Wright, Clements, Krausse.  I was glad that this got changed. Results at 57:50
5. Amended to allow City Council to meet outside of city limits, but only if audio or video recording made of the meeting.  Passed 5-2. Dissenters were Krauss and Shelbourne. Results at 1:05:43
6. Reduce requirement for petition to 250 from 350.  Take No Action.  6-1; Krausse was the dissenter.  Results at 1:08:28
7. City Manager to have complete control over salaries.  Take No Action.  6-1; Wright was the dissenter.  Results at 1:10:20
8. Gives to City Manager ability to dismiss City Secretary.  Take No Action.  7-0.  Results at 1:11:33.                                                                       9. Dependent upon a prior motion.  Take No Action. 7-0. Results at 1:12:57.                                                                                                                    10.  Transfer management of city structure to City Manager.  Take No Action.  6-1.  Wright was the dissenter.  Results at 1:13:55.          11.  Establishes ability to set Alternate Municipal Judge.  Not needed according to City Attorney.  Take No Action.  7-0.  Results at 1:19:24.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               12. Budget can be approved by simple majority.  Take No Action.  4-3.  Wright, Shelbourne, Krausse dissenters.  Results at 1:25:17.    13.  Requirement to adopt a budget during last month of fiscal year.  Take No Action.  5-2.  Verbal results only.  Results at 1:28:57.     14. Would have allowed CM to transfer money in a fund.  Take No Action.  5-2.  Shelbourne, Krausse dissenters.  Results at 1:37:06

This was followed by a short discussion about whether or not it was worth it to put these items on the agenda.  There was also some discussion about a state limitation that if there is a charter amendment election, that there can’t be another one for 2 years.  Some were concerned that if we modify the charter now, we might not be able to do it for another two years.  Having little hope of any actual progress from this Legislative Session after having seen them cave so quickly on the Strausse as speaker issue, I said that doing the charter modification now may actually protect the city from having to adopt any idiocy from the State.  There was no action taken on the item and it’s showing on the Agenda for the 28th.

We got a notice from the City Secretary today that there would be no additional cost to the City for a Charter Amendment Election.  I’m not sure how this will turn out, but I expect to vote that the amendment process be done as quickly as possible.

All that was done in about 1 1/2 hours.  I was expecting that to have taken far longer, so I was feeling pretty good about the night.  I think the City Charter avoided many harms from the hands of the Charter Review Commission, who’s job is to protect the city by safe-guarding the Charter.

Mike Steele took the effort to thank the Commission for their efforts.

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