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Under the City of Anna Home Rule Charter, Section 11.07, a Charter Review Commission must be appointed at least once every six years to inquire into the operation of the City government under the Charter and determine whether any provisions of the Charter require revision. After conducting its review of the City’s Home Rule Charter, the Charter Review Commission reported its findings to the City Council, including three categories of recommended amendments.
A summary of those recommendations are as follows:
Sections 3.13(b), 6.17, 7.05, 7.18, 11.02, 11.07(b) and 11.08. The proposed amendments would allow publication of City ordinances, resolutions, notice of budget public hearing, audit summary, and other various notices and materials required to be published under the Charter or other law by means other than newspaper publication (e.g., publication on the City’s Internet website) to the extent state law is amended to allow such alternative method of publication.
Section 4.06(a). The proposed amendment would allow personnel regulations to be adopted by a resolution of the City Council.
Section 14.06. The proposed amendment would: (1) add the prohibition of nepotism set forth in Section 14.01 to the penalties that would require a violator to forfeit any elected or appointed City position; and (2) increase the time period of ineligibility for such City position from five years to ten years.
In accordance with the Charter, a summary of the Commission’s findings have been submitted for publication in the newspaper. Under the Charter, the Council has the discretion to submit any, all, or none of the Commission’s recommended amendments to the voters for approval or rejection.
The purpose of this agenda item is for the Council to consider and discuss the recommendations of the Charter Review Commission and to provide City staff with direction on taking any necessary steps going forward.