7/12/2011Posted by MJ
The Buffalo News reported on the City Charter Review initiated by Mayor Tucker.
A 12-member commission has been appointed to review the city charter and recommend updates and changes
City Clerk and Budget Director Richard P. Mullaney, a member of the panel, said he does not envision the group making any major changes in the structure of city government.
To begin with I am one of the twelve members who are all volunteer and appointed by the Mayor. We are going through the Charter and the City Code line by line looking for outdated or conflicting information. We will be meeting with each department that a certain section relates to, to understand what no longer applies, conflicts or what could be beneficial changes.
However, Mayor Michael W. Tucker said, “I wouldn’t rule it out.” A City Hall reorganization plan created by consultant Richard E. Rising late in 2010 envisioned merging the city clerk’s and city treasurer’s offices...
In regards to the BN article, I would like to clarify is that this panel really has no power. All we can do is recommend changes to the existing laws. Any changes would need to be passed by the council. Any changes in elected official powers would need to go to public referendum.
Based on our first meeting it will be a long process until the end of the year with multiple monthly meetings.My goal here is to include those of you interested interested in how the city works (the entire code, or any portion of it) to chime in with your thoughts and open it for discussion. I'm not sure how I will present it yet as I will have to see how the first few meetings go.
The link to the entire City Code is on the left of the blog (along with the Town of Lockport Code) or by clicking this. To begin we have reviewed Chapter C: Article 1 and Article 2 up to C-24. Before I mention some of what we found or questioned take a look and see what you find.