Wednesday, November 14, 2012
An ordinance allowing Dunedin's newly elected officials to swear in early was never added to the city charter, and despite some confusion, the city is moving forward with plans for a Nov. 19 special induction meeting.
Not even the mayor was sure when he would officially take his next term. An ordinance that allows Dunedin's newly elected officials to swear in early during a special meeting was never added to the city charter, according to City Clerk Denise Schlegel, however, officials will go forward with an induction ceremony on Nov. 19. Mayor Dave Eggers asked Schlegel for answers in an email on Monday. "Could someone please clarify whether our intention to induct the new Commission on November 19th is being done 'in violation' of our Charter?" he wrote. " ... If there is an issue hopefully we can address it at the [special] Commission meeting on November 15th." She responded in an email Tuesday: "Ordinance 11-46 was adopted on December 15, 2011 which…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Dunedin's newly elected candidates will swear in on Nov. 19, weeks earlier than the City Charter dictates, because of an ordinance passed in June to accomodate a scheduling conflict.
While City Charter dictates Dunedin's elected candidates assume office the second meeting after an election, a recently passed ordinance swears them in sooner. The City Charter dictates Dunedin's elected candidates assume their offices on the second meeting after an election. An ordinance city commissioners passed in June, however, overrides that. It bumps the swearing-in ceremony to the second Monday after the election. Dunedin's City Charter, which is kept up-to-date on Municode.com, outlines the process for handing over a public seat to an elected official. It states: The candidates so elected shall assume their offices at the time of the second regular City Commission meeting following the election. (§ 3.04) According to the Charter …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Wondering when Mayor Dave Eggers and Commissioner-elect Heather Gracy get sworn in as the next city leaders?
You elected them. So when do they get to start their new jobs? According to the City Charter, basically Dunedin's Constitution, there's a process for handing over a public seat to an elected official. The City Charter says: The candidates so elected shall assume their offices at the time of the second regular City Commission meeting following the election. (§ 3.04) That means that according to the City Charter, Mayor Dave Eggers, Commissioner-elect Heather Gracy, both winners in Tuesday's General Election, and Commissioner Julie Scales, who automatically retains her seat because she was unopposed, will not be sworn in at the next regular commission meeting at City Hall on Nov. 15. According to the City Charter, that means Eggers, Gracy …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dunedin Patch has created a guide to help you decipher the City Charter amendments and what yes votes will mean on each one.
On Nov. 6, you'll be asked to vote on Dunedin's next mayor and commissioner for seat 3, as well as six amendments to the City Charter. Dunedin Patch has created a guide to help you decipher the City Charter amendments and what yes votes will mean on each one. Explore each amendment by clicking the links below: Dunedin Charter Amendment 1: What a Yes Vote Means Dunedin Charter Amendment 2: What a Yes Vote Means Dunedin Charter Amendment 3: What a Yes Vote Means Dunedin Charter Amendment 4: What a Yes Vote Means Dunedin Charter Amendment 5: What a Yes Vote Means Dunedin Charter Amendment 6: What a Yes Vote Means
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Officials are tweaking how some proposed amendments to the city charter — including adding term limits for elected officials — should appear on the ballot this November.
You could be voting on some changes to some of the laws governing the city this November. The six proposed changes are as major as adding term limits for elected officials and as minor as defining a word. Officials spent part of Thursday’s commission meeting discussing how these proposed changes would appear to voters on the ballot in November. You may have to decide on these amendments in November: 1) Add language that requires the vice mayor position be rotated among the commissioners on an annual basis (Charter, Section 3.05). 2) Revise a section would explain that a commissioner would have to forfeit his or her seat if convicted of a crime determined morally unacceptable. The revised version merely clarifies that the person would …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
A citizen group charged with reviewing Dunedin's constitution suggests capping officials and favors mandatory training for new commissioners.
A citizen group in charge of reviewing the city’s constitution is largely in favor of capping elected officials’ terms. The group also wants to offset the first-timer “learning curve” with mandatory training. The group says it is not proposing a lifetime bar once an elected official's terms are up. If the official wanted to run for the same seat again, he or she could do so, the group says, so long as the person sits out a term. As the charter is written now, officials are elected into four years of service. The group is undecided on capping officials at two or three consecutive terms (eight or 12 years of service, respectively). Members based their argument on research and political theory from the Florida League of Cities and election …