Community meeting scheduled to discuss City Charter amendments

Community meeting scheduled

By Darrell Wacker -

HUBER HEIGHTS — The City of Huber Heights will hold a community meeting to discuss the city’s Charter amendments that are on the May 2 ballot.

The meeting will be held April 13 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Huber Heights Senior Center, 6428 Chambersburg Road.

Voters are being asked to approve several changes to the City Charter as recommended by the Charter Review Commission which met last year.

Those changes include:

Section 5.11 Publication

This amendment would require each ordinance and resolution adopted by the Council shall be published by posting the full text of the ordinance or resolution for a period of not less than ten (10) days after its adoption on the City’s website and in not less than three (3) public places within the City.

Section 5.12 Mayor’s Veto

This amendment changes the requirement of theMayor to return a vetoed resolution or ordinance with a written explanation of objections at the next regular Council meeting as opposed to being within 10 days. It also requires Council to reconsider the vetoed legislation no later than at the next regular Council meeting after the Mayor submits the written objections.

Section 6.01. Appointment; Qualifications; Compensation

The amendment removes the requirement for the City Manager to reside within the City after appointment. This provision is no longer enforceable due to a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Section 7.07. Department of Public Safety

This amendment emoves the duty to enforce the laws and ordinances relating to weights and measures, which is typically the role of the County Auditor.

Section 8.05. Schools

This amendment adds provisions for Bethel School District or any other local school district serving residents of the City.

Section 9.07. Removal of Board or Commission Member

This is a new section of the Charter that allows by an affirmative vote of six (6) members of Council at a regular meeting, Council may remove any member of a board or commission for lack of qualifications, incompetency, misconduct, or neglect of duty. The reasons for removal shall be stated in writing and said member shall be given an opportunity to be heard at a regular meeting of Council. Action of the Council shall be final.

Section 13.08. Removal of Official

This amendment removes references to members of Boards and Commissions in consideration of newly added Section 9.07 above. It also adds a section for “violation of any expressed provision of the Charter” as grounds for removal of Official by two-thirds vote by other members of Council.
Community meeting scheduled

By Darrell Wacker

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.