Council hopes to clear up conflict
by Erin Dentmon
December 19, 2012 12:15 AM | 1752 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CANTON — The Canton City Council will revisit how council committees are appointed during a meeting Thursday night in hopes of clearing up contradictions between the city’s charter and code.

Council Member Glen Cummins is expected to bring forth a proposed amendment to the city’s code section that deals with the appointment of council committees.

The city’s charter states that city council committees are appointed by the mayor and serve at the pleasure of the mayor. The code, however, states that the mayor can create committees with the concurrence of the city council.

Cummins has proposed changing the city’s code to state that the mayor has the authority to appoint council members to committees.

Cummins said he wants to change the ordinance instead of the charter for two reasons.

“We shouldn’t be nickel-and-diming the charter all the time,” he said. “There is an inconsistency, and it should be corrected. (Appointing committees) is the mayor’s prerogative, so let’s change the ordinance to match the charter,” Cummins said.

Last month, Council Member Hooky Huffman placed the issue on the agenda for the council’s Nov. 1 work session but was not present for the meeting. His proposal on the agenda called for changing the charter instead of the code.

Huffman said he thinks the inconsistencies between the charter and the code needs

to be corrected, but allowing the mayor full control of committee appointments can create “stacked committees.”

“There are some people on the council who are never placed on a committee, and that’s not appropriate,” he said.

The city council is also expected to:

* Consider approval of a consent agenda including the award of a landfill closure contract, the award of a SCADA contract for the Hickory Log Reservoir, an Environmental Protection Division-required soil and erosion ordinance amendment, an Etowah River canoe launch budget amendment and sale of the city’s scrap metal;

* Take action on a business travel expenditure policy;

* Discuss and possibly take action on a fire services bond referendum;

* Vote regarding a resolution to authorize the Georgia Municipal Association to end pensions for the mayor and council;

* Vote on a compensation ordinance for the mayor and council;

* Vote regarding the deletion of part of the city’s charter allowing the mayor to employ a staff;

* Vote regarding term limits for the mayor and council;

* Hear a report and recommendation from City Manager Scott Wood regarding Etowah River Park bids; and

* Act on authorization of a budget amendment of up to $25,000 for funding of interdepartmental emergency communication.

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