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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Charter Study Commission filing date approaches

Plainfield's City Council marks the end of summer with the return to its regular meeting schedule tonight, as the nation turns its eye on Charlotte for the Democrats' turn at a multi-day televised advertorial.

But for those whose eye is on things more local, another clock is ticking: the Charter Study Commission.

Petitions for those wishing to stand for nonpartisan election to the commission which will study Plainfield's special charter and make recommendations (or not) for changes are due in the City Clerk's office by 4:00 PM Friday, September 7.

Petitioners have been spotted at recent large Plainfield gatherings busily circulating their petitions. One hundred signatures of registered Plainfield voters are required.

Those who submit enough signatures by Friday will appear on the November ballot along with the public question on whether there should be a charter study. If the charter study is approved, the top five vote-getters among those running for the commission will be declared elected.

And then we're off to the races!

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

Is it too late for you to throw your hat into the ring? You know how city government works or how to get the answers.

That said, I believe commissioners should be appointed by the council. Crafting governing charters requires more qualifications than voter appeal. Let them appoint themselves or be accountable for whom they do appoint. People familiar with organizational structure challenges would be my preference. I think you have shown your ability, Dan.