Charter panel studies issues

The Village of Chagrin Falls Charter Review Commission has been focused on just two changes to the handbook of functions and procedures and both deal with how voters could choose their elected officials.

During their April 1 meeting, the five commission members were in accord on recommending council ask voters to change all seven council positions from the current two-year terms to four-year terms to provide longer learning and experience curve. The panel also plans to recommend that council terms be staggered so not all seats come up for grabs at the same election, as is the case now.

The measure seeks to maintain continuity and avoid the possibility of seven new members being elected at one time.

The committee also proposed changing the “succession of mayor” provision that burdens the council president with serving out the remainder of the mayor’s four-year term along with the council leadership role.

Details will be discussed during the next commission meeting at 6 p.m. tonight (April 8) along with a third item that would add qualifications for the position of director of finance.

Commission chairman John Mitchell said with the help of the law director, the committee could draft a proposal spelling out the changes that would go to council next month. If approved by council, the proposal would be placed on the November general election ballot for consideration by voters.

All charter deliberations are in virtual session and are held at 6 p.m. every Thursday this month. Meetings may be accessed via Zoom under the “virtual meeting” link on the village website www.chagrin-falls.org.

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