Thursday, December 20, 2012
Commissioner Ron Barnette passed his vice mayoral seat to Julie Ward Bujalski on Dec. 6 at City Hall. Her term as vice mayor runs through Nov. 21, 2013.
Those tuning into Dunedin TV for tonight's city commission meeting will notice a different face sitting at Mayor Dave Eggers' right hand. Commissioner Julie Ward Bujalski was selected by her peers to take over Ron Barnette's role as vice mayor on Dec. 6 at City Hall. "If we look at the rotation, Commissioner Bujalski is probably up to bat," Barnette said. "And, if she promises to behave herself, I'd like to nominate her." "I can never promise that," Bujalski said with a laugh. After no other nominations were made, and Bujalski assumed the position, Barnette passed on his seat in comical, but ceremonious fashion. "Not to continue a tradition forever, but I made a promise to the person who passed me this mini gavel a year or so back that I…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Dunedin Vice Mayor Ron Barnette will hand over his seat Thursday after the city commission makes a selection. The seat is rotated annually, according to a recent Charter amendment.
Ron Barnette's reign as vice mayor is over — for now, at least. The Dunedin City Commission, in its first regular meeting as a group since the November election, selects a new vice mayor Thursday. All eligible commissioners are women. Once selected, the next vice mayor's term is effective immediately. She would serve until Nov. 21, 2013, according to the City Charter, and act in place of Mayor Dave Eggers in the case of his absence. Although the vice mayoral position has traditionally been rotated each year, a city amendment passed on Nov. 6 made the practice an official requirement. Barnette replaced ex-Commissioner David Carson as vice mayor last year.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Here's a look at Dunedin Charter Amendment 1 and what a yes vote on it means at the polls.
To help speed up the process at the polls, Dunedin Patch has created a guide on each of the six city amendments. Here's a look at Dunedin Charter Amendment 1 and what a yes vote on it means at the polls. Amendment 1: Providing for the Selection of Vice-Mayor on Rotating Basis The language on the ballot will look like this: Shall the City Charter, pursuant to Ordinance 12-16, be amended to provide that the Vice-Mayor shall be selected annually on a rotating basis at the first regular meeting of the City Commission following the date of the regular election, unless there are extenuating circumstances? This question is asking voters if the commission should select the vice mayor every year on a rotating basis. As it stands, the charter …