Kiwanis member Hopewell gives update on Home Rule Charter Commission

At last week's Kiwanis meeting, John Hopewell updated those at the meeting on Zachary's Home Rule Charter. The HRC, on a basic level, determines how the city is run.

Hopewell is Vice Chairman of the Home Rule Commission and said that the seven-person committee is about 90% of the way through the 48 page document. "We are going through it page by page," said Hopewell.

The present administration for the City of Zachary decided that the Home Rule Charter needed updating, so seven people were appointed for an 18-month period to go through the document.

Each member of the HRC was appointed by a city councilman and the mayor appointed two men, Hopewell and Billy Kline, who serves as Chairman.

"We were told we could start fresh, change anything we want," said Hopewell.

The charter has been ammended one time since it was published in 1978.

The commission meets every Thursday night at City Hall from 6-7:30 p.m. and encourages the public to attend those meetings as well as future public forums. The dates and times will be listed in the Plainsman-News.

"There are five areas, thus far, that we have agreed to disagree upon," Hopewell said, "and we are presenting four of these five issues to the public in the form of a questionnaire."

The questionnaire will show up in the next cycle of city utility bills and asks citizens to answer a few basic questions and will read as follows:

The Home Rule Charter Commission would greatly appreciate your input on the following issues. We feel with your input in these areas we will be able to provide a Charter to the voting public which would reflect your wishes. You may either mail the questionnaire back with your utility payment or if you would like to remain anonymous, you may drop it into one of the two after-hour drop boxes for utility payments. These boxes are located in the northeast corner of the City Annex building and in the southwest part of the Annex parking lot. Your opinion matters and we would like to count on you.

Questions:

How many registered

voters live in your home?

If more than one registered voter lives in your home, please indicate how each voter feels on each issue.

The City Council should be made up of which of the following options:

[ ] 5 members from the city at large

[ ] 5 members from a district

[ ] 5 members from a district and 2 members from the city at large

Shall there be term limits for City of Zachary elected officials?

[ ] No [ ] Yes

Shall the Police Chief for the City of Zachary be appointed or elected?

[ ] Appointed [ ] Elected

Shall the Attorney for the City of Zachary have residency requirements?

[ ] No [ ] Yes

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