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Five charter amendments headed to voters

Five charter amendments will make their way to voters in November, the Sherwood City Council determined on Aug. 5.

That’s down by two from an original list as the majority of the council voted to pull a charter amendment that would have allowed the mayor to appoint members to various city commissions, boards and committees subject to approval by the council. Currently, the charter allows the city council to appoint those members.

Also removed from the upcoming proposed charter changes was a proposal that would have allowed for the removal of an elected official for coercion.

Council president Linda Henderson had expressed concerns over both of those proposed amendments.

Councilor Matt Langer said he supported pulling the measure that allowed the mayor to make appointments because it has proved to be a problem in the past. He allowing the mayor to make appointments would make matters worse.

However, Pat Allen, chairman of the Charter Review Committee, suggested sending the measure to voters to let them decide.

That was echoed by some local residents as well with Anthony Bevel asking why three citizens who Mayor Bill Middleton had recommended for appointment on the city budget committee were never acted upon.

In the end, Henderson, Langer and Councilor Dave Grant voted to send only five of the proposed seven charter measures to voters. Middleton and Councilor Krisanna Clark opposed the motion. Councilors Bill Butterfield and Robyn Folsom were not present.

In the end, here’s what voters will get to decide on:

• A new provision that would require periodic review of the city charter, specifically requiring that the document be reviewed at least once every six years.

• Allowing a majority of council members to add items to a future council agenda. Currently the mayor controls the contents of the agenda.

• Requiring that new ordinances be adopted during the course of two meetings. Currently, ordinances are adopted after one meeting. As an example, the city of Beaverton requires two readings.

•A clarification of the charter stating that the city attorney may either be an employee of the city or a law firm may have a written contract with the city.

• Any council financial compensation would require voter approval. This would prohibit the mayor and council from receiving a salary for their service but would allow them to be reimbursed for reasonable expenses. Currently, the charter doesn’t mention anything regarding whether or not the council should be compensated.



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