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Charter Revision Commission public hearing set for Wednesday

Norwalk City HallNORWALK, Conn. – A public hearing on charter revision is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb.10, in the Community Room.

The Common Council has charged the Charter Revision Commission with evaluating the following six details in the City Charter:

1. Amend Charter Section 1-166 to provide that the town and city election for the office of mayor shall occur every four years rather than biennially;
2. If the mayoral term is increased to four years, then amend charter section 1-166 so there is a two-term limit for the mayor;
3. Investigate the possibility of extending the terms of Common Council members, the town clerk, and other city officials to four years;
4. Investigate the possibility of amending charter section 1-167 to correspondingly adjust the election of the members of the Board of Education, which currently are on the ballot “at each general municipal election”;
5. Amend charter section 1-166 to remove all references to selectman, city treasurer and sheriff;
6. Amend charter sections 1-215 and 1-224 to remove all references to the salaries of city officials; or, investigate the possibility of amending those sections so the Board of Estimate and Taxation sets the salaries of city officials.

It is important to be aware of the following aspects of the process.

  • Any aspect of the charter can potentially be changed; changes are not limited to the 6 items listed.
  • The Charter Revision Commission’s role is only advisory.
  • Whatever changes the Common Council votes on after receiving the Charter Revision Commission’s report, they still must go on the November ballot for the voters of Norwalk to approve or reject.

Those who can not attend the public hearing, or who wish to submit written comment instead of – or in addition to – speaking at the public hearing, can submit written comment via Barbara Tiscia in the city legal department.
CNNA, GGP to examine mall plans, traffic study

The Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Assocations (CNNA) will offer members and the public an opportunity to get a closer look at the status of the West Avenue mall plans, including the traffic impact study, at its Feb. 22 meeting.
The meeting will being at 7p.m. in the large Community Room at City Hall.

General growth Properties (GGP) Development and Public Outreach staff will present the current plans, status and traffic impact data, with a question-and-answer period to follow.

The project is expected to have far-reaching impacts on all of Norwalk, and most neighborhood associations are expected to send representatives to the meeting, but all residents and business owners are invited as well.

To determine counts for handouts, CNNA request those who plan to attend to email the group to RSVP. Contact CNNA through its website.

5 comments

Sara Sikes February 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

Re:Charter revision, I might support the 4 year terms if recall was part of the revision. Otherwise, it seems that the longer terms mostly benefit the candidates. Term limits is a dumb idea, when you consider how difficult it is to get good people to run for office. If Mayor Bill Collins only had 2 terms, would there be a redeveloped SONO as we know it?

Adolph Neaderland February 9, 2016 at 9:42 am

Recall is important as is the omission of the addition for a qualified City Planner.

Current random, individual project reviews is a foolish procedure, squandering planned growth

Rod Lopez-Fabrega February 9, 2016 at 11:21 am

Common Council members for four years? No thanks! There must be some way to vet these folks before they are presented to the public for election.

Lisa Thomson February 9, 2016 at 4:29 pm

How do term extensions increase a Norwalk politician’s accountability to the electorate? No doubt this is a bold proposal in a year when the political establishment is taking a beating at the national level with common folk (on both side of the aisle) and their support for Trump and Sanders.

John E. Tobin February 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm

Beware of the politician who wants longer terms and more money by taking the salary out of the charter.. Despite what the Chamber of Commerce and the politician will tell you, there is nothing wrong with facing the voters every two years

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