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Examiner
  • Proposal would give Blue Springs mayor a vote

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  • Accountability was the driving force behind a proposed revision for the Blue Springs City Charter.
    The most significant revisions discussed during Tuesday's Charter Review Commission meeting primarily dealt with Article III, which pertains to City Council policy and procedure. This proposed change would include allowing  the mayor of Blue Springs to become the seventh voting member of the City Council.
    As dictated by the current charter, the mayor acts as a city administrator of sorts and does not have either legislative or executive duties except approving meeting agendas and assigning boards and personnel, according to commission members. With this revision, the mayor would be allowed to vote during council meetings on items such as ordinances. As of now, the role of the mayor is to merely preside over the meetings.
    "This would be in the best interest of the city," commission member Mary Potter said. "It will put the mayor on (public) record."
    However, one issue brought up during the meeting was the subject of the mayor's override power. One proposed clause for the charter to address this potential conflict read, "Mayor shall not vote on any action to override the Mayor's veto." Essentially the mayor cannot contradict his or her position once it has been made.
    "The mayor will hear everyone else before they decide to vote," Potter added. "City government should be close to the people as you can get."
    The proposed revision would also affect how a mayor appoints non-elected city officials such as the city attorney and city prosecutor. Since the mayor would be part of the City Council under the amendment, the appointment and removal of officials would ultimately be decided by the majority of the council.
    Another amendment discussed during the meeting was the increase of a municipal judge's term of the current two years to three.
    The City Council has the final approval on any revisions proposed by the commission.
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