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City of Mount Angel looks to voters to update charter
Update would include bringing city into compliance with state laws, fixing language since last charter update in 1982
Mount Angel voters will be asked to approve a new city charter in the Nov. 4 election.
The Mount Angel City Council voted Aug. 4 to put the new city charter on this Novembers ballot, citing numerous items that needed to be updated. The last update was done in 1982.
So much has evolved in state law regarding the relationship between the state and cities, City Administrator Eileen Stein explained.
The current charter is outdated in the fact that it only refers to the mayor and other officials as he rather than he or she.
Another update would include making the mayor a voting member of city council. Currently, the mayor only votes when a tiebreaker is needed.
Additional amendments include clarifying that officers are appointed and removed by city council, not by the mayor with the councils consent. The city manager and city attorney are added as officers of the city in the new charter language, which also lists their respective duties.
The City Council approved the charter being put on the November election ballot, with one dissenting vote from Councilor Teresa Kintz. Kintz pointed out she was uncomfortable approving the charter because it mentions a councilor can be removed for directly or indirectly coercing the city manager to appoint or remove a city employee, or regarding administrative decisions.
Im just more comfortable if its not on there, she said.
Fellow councilors disagreed.
I think its there for a reason, Councilor Pete Wall said. I dont coerce the city manager. Its about separation of duties. Its good to have it there as a reminder not to tread there.
Contact City Hall to look at the complete proposed charter or visit www.ci.mt-angel.or.us to see the election summary statement.