BRISTOL -- The City Council discussed creating a commission to look at the city charter and possibly alter it to allow the council to reprimand an elected official when they aren’t properly performing their job.
During the City Council meeting Tuesday night, Councilor Dave Preleski said that the charter revision commission would “take a look at expanding the actions that are available to the council when an elected official doesn’t meet our standards, breaks the law or takes actions that result in something that we have to look at some type of reprimand.”
“We, as you know, have been in the position where we had to issue censures and we are going to take a look at other actions that may be necessary in complying with state law in that regard,” Preleski continued.
Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu said that a party-balance commission is to be created because there are “many pressing items” pertaining to the city charter that should be addressed.
“While it has sections that have been looked at and updated over time, you can tell by the footnotes that it has not been looked at in a comprehensive manner since 1969,” she said. “We will be paneling a charter revision commission at the December meeting and I would like all members of the City Council to bring to me a name of a qualified person that has interest and abilities to serve on this commission.”
“It is our hope that they will have over six or seven months to work,” she continued. “We will have a public hearing that needs to be scheduled and I believe that, very informally, we need to have everything wrapped up by August in order to make a ballot if we want to vote this coming November.”
However, if more time is needed to make revisions to the charter, the mayor said that another year could be allotted to complete the work and it could be voted on in November 2019.
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