Wednesday, February 06, 2002

Montgomery charter under review

New panel to consider updating 1984 rules

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTGOMERY — For the first time since 1984, a new review committee will meet to consider changes to the city's charter.

        The seven-member panel includes former mayor Ivan Silverman and former Councilman Fred Kleiser. Their first session begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in City Hall.

        Any proposed changes must be placed on the November ballot.

        City Manager Cheryl Hilvert said the charter needed an intense review because it was established in 1981. The only major revision happened in 1990, when the city switched to a city manager form of government.

        City officials have suggested some possible changes, which mainly focus on language and procedural matters. For example, council members now are sworn in on the last Sunday in November. That can lead to conflicts because of the Thanksgiving holidays.

        The review committee will consider a new swearing-in date in December.

        Review Committee member Kenneth J. Schneider is looking forward to the task. The attorney helped establish the city's original charter and helped the city make the switch to a city manager form of government.

        “It's very important to keep the city charter up to date with the vibrant community that we have here,” said Mr. Schneider, who is law director for the cities of Springdale and Mason.

        “There's always issues that we can be smarter on,” he said. “It's a very important mission and I've been honored to be requested to partake.”


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