Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Two councilmen won't support charter change

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FAIRFIELD — Two councilmen said they will not support a proposed charter amendment on the November ballot because it would give council too much power to remove members.

        Councilmen Jeffrey Holtegel and Sterling Uhler said a charter amendment listing conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving “moral turpitude” as grounds for removal from office gives council too much power.

        Mr. Holtegel was the only council member to oppose the amendment during a vote Monday to place it on the ballot, while Mr. Uhler said he voted for it because voters should decide its fate.

        Susan Kave, executive director of the Ohio Municipal League, said the proposed amendment is unusual.

        “I've not heard of anybody with language exactly like that,” Ms. Kave said. “This is the first one I've heard that really sets some fairly lengthy (parameters) for a process to remove them from office.”

        The charter amendment and ones addressing qualifications of council members are likely to be on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.


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