CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY/News-Sun (From left) City attorney Gerald Buhr, Mayor Sharon Schuler and Councilman Parke Sutherland discuss the proposed Avon Park charter Monday night.
published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013
AP city council passes proposed charter on to the voters
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
AVON PARK -- Members of the city council voted 4-1, Garrett Anderson dissenting, to put the new city charter on the ballot in the next election.
Mayor Sharon Schuler was angry as the discussion began Monday night. She said there are rumors accusing the council of rewriting the charter in order to serve their own personal interests.
"That is a bald-faced lie," Schuler said.
City Attorney Gerald Buhr said the charter revision was his call. He asked the city to rewrite its charter in 2012. It had not been revised in decades, Buhr said. Portions of the charter are obsolete due to changes in state statutes, and much of the language is archaic. It is normal for charters to be rewritten at regular intervals for those reasons, he said, adding, "It was time."
Jim Barnard, who served on the voluntary citizen committee that drafted the document, told the council, "Our main focus was to make the charter shorter and easier to read, to be clear and decisive."
Anderson's concerns have to do with certain provisions he believes are illegal. He said according to the charter, members and city employees who refuse to testify in investigations will be subject to removal.
"I don't think that is legal," he said. "If we can't do it legally, why put it in? (The charter) just takes away some rights from residents when we need more. I am not 100 percent in favor of it and I don't want my name on it."
Final approval is up to voters. The charter will be on the ballot at the next city election on Nov. 5.
It may be reviewed at the city Web site, www.avonpark.cc/. Click on the city council packet for July 22.
Investigations (by: JIMMYFALCO - 7/25/2013)
Mr. Anderson seems a little worried because he was silent at the last private investigation concerning his false allegations. He started this whole mess with a filing of a ethic violation toward our city manager. Hope he speaks up the next time or you are "OUT" . Sounds like he votes just for his goodness, not the in the best interest of the city.
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