Vernon city council discusses possible charter changes

Vernon city council discusses possible charter changes

VERNON, TX (KAUZ) - Changes could be coming to the city charter in Vernon.
Commissioners discussed the issue at Tuesday night's council meeting.
The city is interested in a change after Danny McMann resigned in August.
Guy Spears ran unopposed for the open seat, but was not able to join the commission until after the general election, resulting in the city being short a commissioner for 9 months.
Joe Jarosek, Vernon City Manager, said the city charter left commissioners with little wiggle room.
    "The current charter states that if there is a vacancy, the newly elected official cannot take office until a later period of time," Jarosek said.
Jarosek said that changing the charter is a complex process.
    "There is a host of requirements they must satisfy in order to have a legitimate charter amendment," Jarosek said.
The city attorney said they could amend the charter by allowing them to vote for an interim until the term ended.
Jarosek said it is up to the commissioners if they want to move forward.
    "The matter is at the discretion of the city commission," Jarosek said. "They will seek any technical information from us. It is up to them to decide whether or not they care to have a charter amendment."
If council passes a motion in the future, it would go to the voters because they are the only one's that can change the charter.
The city also tabled an ordinance until September amending sewer rates for out of city limits sewer service and passed a grant for $7551.93 for body worn cameras for the police department.

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