• Charter review begins next week

  • A citizen commission in Blue Springs will be starting a review of the city charter next week.

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  • A citizen commission in Blue Springs will be starting a review of the city charter next week.
    The inaugural Blue Springs Charter Review Commission meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday in the East Conference Room of City Hall, 903 W. Main St. The commission is comprised of nine community leaders from diverse backgrounds. None of them can be elected officials of the city and no more than 40 percent of the commission members can reside in any one election district.
    The Charter Commission was appointed by Mayor Carson Ross and approved by the Blue Springs City Council to study, appraise and evaluate Blue Springs’ Home Rule City Charter. The charter was established by Blue Springs voters in 1994, and it mandates that a commission be established to review and recommend changes to the charter from time to time, but no less than every five years.
    Bryan Pratt, former Missouri State Representative for Blue Springs, will be chairman of the commission. He served in the House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010 and was elected Speaker Pro Tem in September 2007. He practices law with Shook, Hardy and Bacon in Kansas City. Other members of the commission are Jim May, Mary Potter and Dena McLean from District 1; Emil Spears, Chuck Zuvers and Garry Cobb from District 2 and Beverly O’Connor, Jack Cook and Bryan Pratt from District 3.
    The City of Blue Springs’ Home Rule Charter, much like the U.S. Constitution, contains the rules that describe how the city functions, organizes itself and makes the decisions that affect resident’s daily lives. The charter sets parameters for what laws and rules may be adopted by city council, what kind of services the public receives and how tax dollars are collected and spent.
    All Charter Review Commission meetings are open to the public, and agendas, minutes and current version of the Home Rule Charter are available at www.bluespringsgov.com/charterreview.
    Residents are encouraged to share their input and suggestions to the commission by emailing charterreview@bluespringsgov.com.