Charter review members ready for presentation BY KRISTIN SWAIN SUN STAFF WRITER | firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLMES BEACH – The members of the city’s Charter Review Commission are ready to wrap things up and present their recommendations to city commissioners. Three of the five charter review commissioners, Sean Murphy, Claudia Carlson and Ed Upshaw, attended the May 2 meeting where they went over a draft of the report to be presented to commissioners and discussed some topics that were not included in the recommendations. One of the topics discussed was a failed attempt to add the matter of city manager to the November ballot. The topic was discussed at length by charter review members, however, at a vote of 3 to 2, it failed to get the supermajority support needed to put it before voters. Both sides of the argument, those who voted against and in favor of the measure, will be recorded and placed
Charter Review Commissioners Sean Murphy, Ed Upshaw and Claudia Carlson discuss the report Upshaw plans to present to city commissioners later in May. KRISTIN SWAIN | SUN
in an addendum to the report to be presented to city commissioners. Other additions to the report include a list of typographical errors in the city charter to be reviewed by the city attorney, along with other charter review commission members and then placed in the charter review commission’s recommendations. Members of the group will meet for the final time at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8. The presentation of the group’s findings is planned for the Thursday, May 30, City Commission work session. After the work session, the recommendations will have a customary first reading by city commissioners, along with a second reading and public hearing, before being sent to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Office to be placed on the Nov. 5 election ballot. Though city commissioners will vote on the recommendations, they cannot refuse or change the recommended changes to the city’s charter.
MAY 8, 2019
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