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Proposed Charter Amendments:
Amend Section 2.04 VACANCY This will allow the Vice-President of Council the opportunity to serve as Mayor, in the event the Mayor is no longer able to serve in this capacity, should the President choose to not take the position, before it were to be offered to other members of council.
Amend Section 3.06 VACANCIES This amendment will allow the council to appoint a person to fulfill an unexpired term if the vacancy is more than nine (9) months. The issue will save the city from having to have special elections to fill vacant council seats in a non-election year.
Amend Section 3.08 This charter amendment will adjust the council salary to meet the minimum amount required amount to receive credit from the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. The current charter provision requires all council salaries to be set at the 2007 rate. In 2012, the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System amended its rules to require a certain salary level to earn full service credit within the System. Currently council members do not meet that minimum salary level and thus do not earn full service credit for their service on council. The Charter amendment requires that all future changes to council salary rate be submitted to the voters for approval.
Amend Section 2.09 Compensation of the Mayor This charter amendment links the Mayor’s salary rate to the rate paid to Council. The current salary of the Mayor has been established by the Charter since 2007. . In 2012, the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System amended its rules to require a certain salary level to earn full service credit within the System. The Charter amendment requires that any future changes to the Mayor’s salary rate be submitted to the voters for approval.
Amend Section 5.02 D This Charter provision will allow the city to be compliant with the laws of the state of Ohio. Section 5.02D and 5.03 B currently have conflicting provisions regarding competitive bidding. The amendment will also bring the bidding requirements for public projects in alignment with the Ohio Revised Code amounts, but does provide council approval authority over those contracts exceeding $10k.
Amend Section 5.03 B This Charter provision will allow the city to be compliant with the laws of the state of Ohio. The current Charter requires all expenditures over $25,000 to be bid. This provision is not compliant with the O.R.C. because certain services are strictly prohibited from being bid, such as engineering services for public works projects. This section will meet the requirements of the Ohio Revised Code and still provides oversight of the contracts with the city council.