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File #: 1868-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Defeated
File created: 7/5/2017 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 11/19/2018 Final action: 11/19/2018
Title: To submit to the electors of the city of Columbus at a special election to be held concurrently with the regular general election on November 7, 2017, the question of amending the Charter of the City of Columbus, such question to be known as "Proposed Charter Amendment No. 1, City Council."
Attachments: 1. 2016 Charter Review Committee final report, 2. 2016 Charter Review Committee public comments, 3. FINAL PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE CHARTER City Council
Explanation
This ordinance provides for the submission to the electors of the city of Columbus the question of amending the Charter of the City of Columbus ("charter"), as hereinafter described. Such question is based on the recommendations of the 2016 Columbus Charter Review Committee ("committee").

On September 6, 2016, the Charter Review Committee, appointed by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Council President Zachary M. Klein, adopted seven (7) recommendations. A report summarizing those recommendations was submitted on February 16, 2017 and is attached to this ordinance.

Based on council's consideration of the commission's recommendations, council proposes a ballot question regarding city administration. Proposed Charter Amendment No. 1, City Council, addresses the following:

· Amends the charter to change the total members of council from seven to nine;
· Changes the form of council from at-large to at-large, by-place;
· Requires council hold one (1) public hearing, at a minimum, prior to the appointment of an individual to a vacant seat on council;
· Extends the time period for filling a vacancy from 30 days to 45 days

Title
To submit to the electors of the city of Columbus at a special election to be held concurrently with the regular general election on November 7, 2017, the question of amending the Charter of the City of Columbus, such question to be known as "Proposed Charter Amendment No. 1, City Council."

Body
WHEREAS, 102 years after the adoption of the City Charter and in the aftermath of 2016’s failed referendum on City Council, Council President Zachary M. Klein and Mayor Andrew J. Ginther appointed a nine-member Charter Review Committee to conduct a limited review of the city's charter relative to council; and

WHEREAS, the highly regarded community leaders who served on the commission held seven public working meetings, solicited public comment at every meeting of the committee, an online form, and a dedicated email address, and, ...

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