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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.