Why the rush to change the City of Canton charter?
Several years ago, a group of Canton citizens appointed by the mayor worked 18 months to write a new city charter. Mr. John Rust was the chairman of this committee. That charter was accepted by the City Council and adopted less than two years ago.
Now, the same John Rust, who is now Councilman John Rust, has taken it upon himself to rewrite the entire city charter. Some who have reviewed the changes in the proposed new charter feel this is a deliberate attempt to reduce the mayor’s influence, in particular his veto power.
The proposed change to the mayor’s veto power would allow the city council to override the mayor’s veto with only three out of six votes. Currently, it takes a majority of four out of six votes to override the mayor’s veto. Also, this comes at a time when the city council is short a member due to the resignation of Mr. Glenn Cummins,who is now the city manager.
If and when a new city charter is put in place, it should be voted on by a full city council so all the citizens of Canton will be represented.