Charter Revision Commission: Call for Appointees

Charter Revision Commission – Request for Appointees

From Alderwoman Elly Tierney, October 28, 2020:

Thank you to those of you who volunteered to be either on the Maritime Task Force or part of a Maritime work group. I believe Ward One is covered!  Eileen Fogarty will reach out to those of you who offered their time.

However, here is another opportunity that is a unique experience on how our City government works and the opportunity to make changes in parallel with our new census. Those of you with government, legal, law, and civic experience would especially enjoy this opportunity:

In December, 2020 we need to introduce a Resolution to establish a Charter Revision Commission pursuant to the Annapolis Charter, which will be adopted in January, 2021.  I am reaching out to you now to allow time to forward your name before the Resolution is introduced in December.   To date, only one nomination has been submitted.

Details about the purpose of the Commission are set forth below.

“FOR the purpose of appointing a Commission to make a comprehensive study of the government of the City; and all matters relating to said Commission.

WHEREAS, Article IX, Section 10 of the Charter of the City of Annapolis provides that “[i]n January following the year in which the decennial census of the population of the United States is conducted, the City Council by resolution shall appoint a Commission for the purpose of making a comprehensive study of the government of the City”; and

WHEREAS, Article IX, Section 10 of the Charter of the City of Annapolis also provides that “[t]he Commission shall be composed of at least five but no more than nine residents of the City; and

WHEREAS, the Charter Revision Commission is required to submit its findings and recommendations with drafts of revisions to the Annapolis Charter and the City Code no later than six months after its appointment; and

WHEREAS, any standing committee to which the Commission’s report is referred shall act upon the report in full within six months of the date upon which the report is submitted to the City Council; and

WHEREAS, the last Charter Revision Commission was appointed in 2011 and published its report and recommendations on November 28, 2011.

NOW, THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL that the City of Annapolis Charter Revision Commission is hereby appointed.  

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL that in support of those purposes:

1. The members of the Commission shall be:

1. Lawrence L. Harris Jr.
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2. The Commission shall terminate upon the publication of its report.

3. The members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.

4. The members of the Commission shall elect from among their membership a Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary.

5. The Commission shall meet publicly at least once per month and shall take testimony from the general public at each meeting.

6. Findings and recommendations together with drafts of revisions to the Annapolis Charter and City Code shall be submitted no later than six months after its appointment.

7. The business of the Commission shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Robert’s Rules of Order.

8. Any standing committee to which the Commission’s report is referred shall act upon the report in full within six months of the date upon which the report is submitted to the City Council.”

Again, Please send me an e-mail with your request to join and I will forward accordingly.

Kind regards,
Elly Tierney
elly@ellytierney.com

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