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RESOLUTION 2014-14
CITY OF BANGOR
COUNTY OF VAN BUREN
RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE

At a meeting of the City Council of the City of Bangor, County of Van Buren, Michigan, held in the City Hall of said City on October 2014, at 7:00 pm

PRESENT:  Council members Householder, Farmer, Fry, Bator, Hicks, Tanner and Koenig

ABSENT:  None

The following preamble and Resolution were offered by Council member Tanner and seconded by Council member Hicks.

     WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Bangor finds that a study and review of the existing City Charter should be conducted to determine the advisability of amending and updating aspects of the Charter in accordance with the law.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that:

1. A Charter Review Committee is hereby created, consisting of seven (7) members consisting of the City Mayor, Council members Jim Tanner and Fred Hicks, the City Manager, the City Clerk and two electors of the City to be appointed by the Mayor.
     
2. The Charter Review Committee shall review and study the existing City Charter and possible amendments thereto and make written recommendations to the City Council as to amendment or revision of City Charter provisions.  The Committee’s review shall specifically consider modernization and updating of dated requirements or procedures and shall include:
(a) Streamlining and modernization of financial practices.
(b) Updating of organizational structure.
(c) Updating and modernizing notice requirements.
(d) Updating references to compensation and reimbursement of City officials.

3. The written findings and recommendations of the Charter Review Committee shall be submitted to the City Council by January 31, 2015.

4. The City Council, upon receipt of the findings and recommendations of the Charter Review Committee, shall review same with the City Attorney and determine whether the existing Charter should be amended or revised and, if so, shall proceed in accordance with state law for such amendment(s) or revision(s).

     5.  The City Council may from time-to-time authorize expenditures for the Charter Review Committee in the performance of its duties as provided in this Resolution.  No expenditure is authorized without first being requested of the City Council.
     
6. Upon appointment of members to the Charter Review Committee, the City Council shall establish a time, date, and place for the first meeting of the Committee.  At the initial meeting, the Mayor shall chair the meeting with the first order of business to be the selection of a Vice Chairperson, who shall not be a City employee.

7. The Committee may request the services of the City Attorney to assist in considering, formulating and making findings and recommendations.  

8. The meetings of the Committee shall be open to the public, and shall be noticed and held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act, MCL 15.261, et seq.
 
AYES:  Council members Koenig, Tanner, Hicks, Bator, Fry, Farmer and Householder

NAYS:  None

RESOLUTION DECLARED ADOPTED.
CHARTER REVIEW COMMITTEE

Nick Householder
Mayor

Fred Hicks
City Council Member


City Council Member

James France
Resident-Elector

[To Be Appointed]
Resident-Elector

Regina Hoover
City Manager

Laura Roe
City Clerk