Councilman hopes City charter up for remake - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/9/09

Councilman hopes City charter up for remake

Late Wednesday, City Councilman John Leonard issued the following statement.

"The city charter that serves Lubbock is 92 years old.  It is a patch work of many antiquated rules and regulations that no longer apply to a modern city.  During my 3 ½ years on the City Council I have been asked time and time again by Lubbock citizens about the need for revisions to the charter.  I believe this is the best time to review this issue.  Today I placed an item on the agenda for next week's Council meeting a resolution calling for the Mayor to appoint a 5 member committee to study possible changes to the charter that could be presented to the voters in next year's election.  An example of one outdated provision provides free streetcar rides to policemen and firemen.  Some of the topics that citizens have asked about include, but are not limited to:  term of office, free admission, City Treasurer, Duties of the Mayor, Payments, Powers and Duties, Governing body's relations with city manager, and Electric Utility Board (LP&L).  I hope the rest of the Council will support this endeavor to provide more transparency, public input and citizen control of their government."

The topic is on the agenda for the next council meeting which will be next Wednesday, December 16.

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