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07/21/2014 Charter Review Commission Minutes APPROVED AS SUBMIT: I ED CITY OF FAIRLAWN CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION MINUTES DATE: 7/21/14 NAME OF COMMISSION: CHARTER REVIEW COMMISSION A. CALL TO ORDER AT: 5:00 PM BY: Cynthia Visca COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT: Mark Auburn,Dan Konvolinka, Rita Kelly Madick, Cynthia Visca and Thomas Wagner OTHERS: Edward J. Riegler, Law Director and Tonja Caldwell,Executive Assistant to Law Director/Clerk of Council EXCUSED: B. APPROVAL OF JULY 7,2014 MEETING MINUTES Mr. Auburn made a motion, seconded by Mr. Konvolinka to approve the July 7, 2014 meeting minutes as submitted. All were in favor of the motion. C. Section 4:02 QUALIFICATIONS of ARTICLE IV COUNCIL Mr. Riegler explained the suggested language he prepared for Council's consideration regarding the residency requirement of Council. In reviewing the code, there is one chapter that addresses Wards and one chapter referring to council procedures, but nothing discussing residency requirements of council representatives. It is necessary to create a new chapter in the code, Chapter 208 which would address the residency requirements. Proposed Section 208.01 is a basically copying language directly out of the Charter, "...qualified resident elector of the City of Fairlawn for at least two (2) years prior to the election." Then Section 208.02 and 208.03 is new language regarding additional residency requirements. Under Section 208.02 (a) (1) requires candidates for the ward Councilperson position "...be a qualified elector and a continuous resident for the Ward for which the candidacy is sought for at least six (6) months prior to the date of the election and/or appointment for said position." By requiring six (6) months ward residency there would be some contact with the Ward prior to the election. There is no magic in the six(6) months. It very well could be a one (1) year or a (2) year period. It is something to consider. Mrs. Madick stated that as long as a candidate is required to live in the City for two (2) years prior to their candidacy pursuant to the Charter,the six(6)months ward residency requirement is fine. Mr. Riegler then explained that Section 208.02 (a) (3) mirrors the same requirements as Section 208.02 (a)(2)but is relative to a Councilperson At Large rather than a Ward Councilperson. So what happens if they are no longer a resident of Fairlawn or the Ward in which they were elected? Chapter 208.03 addresses this issue by referring to the Fairlawn City Charter. Mrs. Madick made a motion, seconded by Mr. Konvolinka to recommend to Council that they address this issue.All were in favor of the motion. D. Other Business Discussion was held that President Cindy Visca would attend the August 18, 2014 City Council meeting to present a report of the Charter Review Commission's recommendations to Council. It was agreed that Mrs. Caldwell will email minutes of this meeting for the commission's review and approval. Mr. Wagner made a motion, seconded by Mr. Konvolinka, to adjourn. The meeting adjourned upon unanimous consent at 5:22 p.m. Respectfully submitted, omas Wagner, Se etary A Tonja K.Caldwell,MMC, Recording Secretary Page 1 of 1