JOPLIN --- Committee members plan to hold at least 4 public hearings within the next few months to determine if 9 items in the City Charter should be changed. The committee will decide if those items need to go to an April ballot and they say public input is necessary. By law, only a vote of the people can change the city's charter.
The first hearing will be:
Monday, October 28th
City Council Chamber
Items for consideration include....
1. Should all council seats be General Council seats? Currently there are 4 Zone Council Seats and 5 General Council seats.
2. Should someone wishing to run for a Council Seat only be a resident of the city for 2 years? Currently, a person wishing to run for City Council must be a resident for 4 years.
3. Should the number of terms a person can serve on the council be limited? Specifically, should a person be limited to three 4-year terms?
4. Should the City Council pay be changed to $100/month? Right now, the current pay is $5 per meeting (not to exceed $120 per year.)
5. Should voters decide who the Mayor should be? Currently, the Mayor is elected among and by the City Council Members.
6. Should the Mayor only vote in a tie or when a super-majority is required by law? Currently, the Mayor has a right to vote as any other council member and does not have a veto power.
7. Should the City Clerk be placed under the authority of the City Manager? Right now, the City Clerk is under the supervision of the entire Council.
8. Should the Police Chief be under the authority of the Council? Right now, the Chief is under the City Manager. This suggestion is based upon House Bill 307, which says the Police Chief now may have due process rights and may only be removed by the City Council.
9. Should the Public Works Director be a professional engineer registered in the State of Missouri. Currently, the City Charter requires that the Director is a professional engineer registered in Missouri, but City Leaders would like the removal of that requirement to be considered.