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File #: 19-203    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Business Item Status: Passed
File created: 4/9/2019 In control: City Council/Public Finance and Economic Development Authority/Parking Authority
On agenda: 4/15/2019 Final action: 4/15/2019
Title: SUBJECT: Council Discussion and Direction Regarding the Formation of a Citizens Advisory Charter Review Committee REPORT IN BRIEF Considers the composition of an advisory committee to review the City of Merced Charter for possible updates to be placed on the March 2020 Primary Election and the process of recruiting and accepting applications for the committee. RECOMMENDATION City Council - Adopt a motion: A. Establishing an intent to form an Citizens Advisory Charter Review Committee specifying the number of members and makeup of the committee (i.e. selected by district or at large); and, B. Declaring the vacancies and directing staff to commence the standard process for filling the committee by noticing the vacancies and recruiting qualified applicants (qualified electors of the City) for a period of 30 days after the posted notice; and, C. Directing staff to bring the qualified applications to the May 20, 2019, regular City Council meeting for possible appointment.
Attachments: 1. Updated Milestone Timeline.pdf

Report Prepared by: John Tresidder, Assistant City Clerk, City Clerk's Office

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SUBJECT: Council Discussion and Direction Regarding the Formation of a Citizens Advisory Charter Review Committee

REPORT IN BRIEF
Considers the composition of an advisory committee to review the City of Merced Charter for possible updates to be placed on the March 2020 Primary Election and the process of recruiting and accepting applications for the committee.

RECOMMENDATION
City Council - Adopt a motion:

A. Establishing an intent to form an Citizens Advisory Charter Review Committee specifying the number of members and makeup of the committee (i.e. selected by district or at large); and,

B. Declaring the vacancies and directing staff to commence the standard process for filling the committee by noticing the vacancies and recruiting qualified applicants (qualified electors of the City) for a period of 30 days after the posted notice; and,

C. Directing staff to bring the qualified applications to the May 20, 2019, regular City Council meeting for possible appointment.

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ALTERNATIVES
1. Approve, as recommended by staff; or,
2. Approve, with any modifications to the composition of the committee or the recruitment process; or,
3. Deny the request completely; or,
4. Refer to staff for reconsideration of specific items as requested by Council; or,
5. Continue to a future City Council meeting (date and time to be specified in the motion).

AUTHORITY
Merced City Charter Section 200 et seq.

CITY COUNCIL PRIORITIES
To pursue various ballot measures for 2020 elections.

DISCUSSION
At the April 1, 2019 City Council meeting, staff reported on a timeline and set of milestones that would need to be met in order to place possible Charter Amendments on the March 2020 Primary Election. At the same meeting, Council directed staff to begin the process that would lead to that end.

The Council agreed that a Citizens Advisory Charter Review Committee should be used, similar ...

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