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In a special meeting held today for the purpose, Cleveland City Council voted to put six Charter revision questions on the November 4 ballot.  Each of the six ballot questions covers a specific subject area of the Charter, and most include multiple revisions in their respective subject areas.

Here’s a complete pdf copy of all six ordinances that passed today.

The Charter chapters and topics affected by the six ballot questions are:

  1. Chapters 3, 7 and 9 — eleven separate changes in City election procedures
  2. Chapter 25 (Police and Fire) — two changes in the Office of Professional Standards and Police Review Board
  3. Chapters 17 and 31 (Finance and Public Improvements) —  four changes in rules governing City contract awards
  4. Chapter 27  — at least eight Civil Service changes (depending on how you count)
  5. Chapters 5, 7 and 9 — three changes in the rules governing how quickly ordinances become law and the citizen referendum power
  6. Chapter 5 — the proposal to tie the size of City Council to wards of 25,000 residents, starting in 2009.

Altogether, Council is recommending at least 29 separate changes affecting eight chapters of the Charter.

I’ve just finished a complete update of all the proposals for revising the Cleveland City Charter received and considered by the Charter Review Commission.

The Commission has voted on a number of proposals already, and intends to finish the voting process at a special meeting tomorrow, July 28,  The members must complete and approve our final report to City Council by this Thursday, July 31.

Among the remaining issues still to be decided are proposals for changing the size and/or composition of Cleveland City Council.  Here’s the complete list of City Council reform proposals that will be on the table for action tomorrow.

Just added…

New page with links to Law Department drafts of all the current proposals for City Council reform.

Law Department draft of Greater Cleveland Partnership proposal to eliminate referendum requirement for sale of City’s landfilled properties (pdf file).

Law Department draft of new Jackson Administration proposal to eliminate prevailing wage requirement for employees covered by collective bargaining agreements (pdf file).

The main witness at this morning’s regular Charter Review Commission meeting was Deb Janik, a vice-president of the Greater Cleveland Partnership.  Janik expressed GCP’s support for several Charter revisions that have already been proposed, but she also had a new proposal:  Eliminating the requirement of Chapter 5, Section 45 for a vote of the people on any “proposed alienation, surrender or release of any rights of the City of Cleveland in or to the territory now covered by the waters of Lake Erie within the territorial limits of the City of Cleveland, or formerly covered thereby but now or hereafter filled”.

This change, if approved by the voters, would give City Council and the Mayor the authority to sell or lease landfilled lakefront properties (such as the current Port of Cleveland docks or Burke Lakefront Airport) to private buyers.  Under Charter Section 45 as is, such a transaction requires voter approval.

Also this morning, Barbara Langhenry of the Law Department presented another Administration proposal in the area of civil service (changes to Section 191, Compensation of Officers and Employees)…

and the Civil Service Employees Association submitted a letter with additional proposals of their own…

and Rick Horvath of the Law Department passed out proposed language for the three alternative Council reduction plans laid out last week by Councilman Cummins, a bigger reduction proposed in the community meetings, and another public proposal to return to two year Councl terms.

I hope to have all the items above posted by the weekend.

Finally, Commission member Bill Callahan (that’s me) distributed a request for consideration of two proposals as part of any plan to reduce Council ward representatives. The first (“Collaborative Government”) is specific language for my 1988 proposal for Neighborhood Service Districts. The second (“Transparent Government”) would require the Mayor to make all public records of departments and bodies within his jurisdiction available to the public on line by a Charter-specified deadline.

It doesn’t have a tracking number yet (so it’s not quite official), but here’s the draft legislative language for Council President Martin Sweeney’s “City Council right-sizing” proposal that was handed out at this morning’s Charter Review Commission meeting.

And here’s an alternative approach from Ward 15 Councilman Brian Cummins, also presented at this morning’s meeting.

Also, see the next-to-last page of the written submissions from the June 18 community meeting for a third proposal.

Update July 7: Here’s a memo distributed at the July 3 Commission meeting by Bill Callahan (that’s me) proposing to accompany any reduction in the number of ward Council representatives with a new system of neighborhood service districts.