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Charter Commission hearing set Tuesday


May 11, 2005 - Staff Report

Residents' comments about term limits and other issues will be sought by the Crestwood Charter Commission when it conducts a public hearing next week.

The public hearing will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall, 1 Detjen Drive.

The Charter Commission has been meeting since mid-February.

Besides reviewing the City Charter section by section, members have identified several issues they believe need further discussion and public comment, including term limits and whether a censure provision for elected officials should be added to the charter.

Commission members also are discussing whether to clarify the voting procedure to remove elected officials from office and whether changes are needed to the number of signatures required for initiative and referendum petitions and recall petitions.

The City Charter, approved by voters on Nov. 7, 1995, states, "From time to time, but not less than every 10 years, the mayor and Board of Aldermen shall provide for a Charter Review Committee to consider whether any amendments to this charter are appropriate.''

Under the charter, the commission has up to 12 months to complete its work and submit any proposed amendments it deems necessary to the Board of Aldermen. Voters would have to approve any charter changes.

Commission members also could decide that no changes are needed.

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