6-25-19 Public hearing July 9 on suggested Charter changes
GREEN — Voters may see 14 charter amendment recommendations on the Nov. 5 ballot — a majority of which would involve the election of the city law director. The law director has been an appointed position since the city was formed in 1992, however voters decided last November to change the practice.
City Council will hold a public hearing at its July 9 regular session to discuss the 14 recommendations. Six of council’s seven members would have to vote to reject any one of the issues to keep it from the ballot.
Deadline for filing the amendment recommendations with the Summit County Board of Elections is Sept. 6.
Molly Kapeluck, council’s master clerk, said no action would be taken by council on the 14 issues until at least Aug. 13 since council is taking its summer recess on its second meeting date of the month July 23. She added that council could delay action until its Aug. 27 meeting if more discussion is needed, which would still give the clerk time enough to meeting the elections board’s filing deadline.
Also facing council July 9 is a resolution on charter articles that must be decided by council but not the voters.
Rocco Yeargin, chairman of the Charter Amendment Implementation Committee, said Wednesday that council is reviewing the resolution to amend the appropriate articles and sections of the charter relating to non-substantive changes throughout the charter.
Yeargin said, “This [resolution] allows us to ask a question that may have been listed as two parts and could involve minor changes that don’t change the meaning” of the article.
He added that council could vote on the issue on July 9 but also may delay that vote until August since the resolution was given a first reading at Tuesday's council meeting.
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