According to the City of Willoughby Charter, every six years, the Mayor shall convene a Charter Review Commission consisting of nine electors from the City. The Commission is charged with the duty of reviewing the City’s Charter and recommending any alterations, revisions, or amendments that, in their judgment, are desirable for the City. Council reviews the Charter Commission’s recommendations and then determines whether the proposed recommendations should be placed on the ballot for vote by the City’s electors.
The 2018 Charter Review Commission was convened this year by Mayor Robert Fiala. The Commission spent many hours in meetings, consulting with the Law Director, and reviewing the Charter, in its entirety. The Commission then submitted the following four “housekeeping” revisions to Council for approval. Council deemed all four proposed revisions appropriate and they will now be presented to the electorate of the City for consideration on the 2018 General Election Ballot.
The four proposed amendments to the Willoughby City Charterfor consideration by the voting residents of the City on the November 6, 2018 General Election Ballot are:
Proposed Charter Amendment – Shall Article III, Section 1 be amended to provide that the term for each member of Council shall commence on the first day of January following the council member’s election? The January 1st day was recommended by the Commission to ensure no time gap in the event of an elected Council member’s change or retirement.
Proposed Charter Amendment – Shall Article III, Section 5 be amended to provide for the Vice President of Council to have the authority to perform the duties of the President of Council in the absence of the President of Council? This recommendation expressly formalizes the role of Vice President of Council.
Proposed Charter Amendment – Shall Article IV, Section 1 be amended to provide that the Mayor of the City of Willoughby upon election shall commence and assume office on the first day of January following the Mayor’s election? This recommendation to a January 1st date was recommended to close potential time gaps when there is an elected Mayor change and/or retirement from the office of Mayor.
Proposed Charter Amendment – Shall Article VI, Section 5 be amended to delete and eliminate in its entirety this Section 5 and its language reading “This article and all ordinances, rules, and regulations shall be liberally construed to give effect to the beneficial distribution of population, and the orderly development, improvement and general welfare of the City”? The Commission believes this language to be confusing and subject to varying interpretations. As such, the Commission recommends its removal.
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