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Proposed charter changes will go to aldermen July 26


July 13, 2005 - The Crestwood Charter Commission will present proposed charter changes to the Board of Aldermen Tuesday, July 26.

The panel originally had planned to present its proposed changes to the Board of Aldermen this week, but now will do so at the July 26 meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1 Detjen Drive.

Charter Commission members voted June 21 to propose three amendments to the City Charter, which include removing term limits for the members of the Board of Aldermen, adding a censure provision for elected officials, lowering the number of signatures needed for initiative and referendum petitions and recall elections and changing the wording on several items that either clarify or update the City Charter to current or common practice.

The City Charter, approved by voters 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."

The Charter Commission, which began meeting in mid-February, had up to 12 months to complete its work and submit any proposed amendments it deems necessary to the Board of Aldermen.

"The Board of Aldermen shall by ordinance submit such proposed amendments to the voters at the next general election,'' the charter states.

The next general election is Nov. 8. Voters would have to approve the amendments for the changes to be effective.

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