The City Council called a Nov. 8 election for voters to decide on five propositions to amend the Colleyville city charter, including term limits.
The city of Colleyville adopted the charter in 1977, establishing the city’s council/manager form of government and city bylaws.
It was last amended after a charter election in 2005 that included giving the mayor the power to vote and expanding the number of City Council members. The council established a citizen-led Colleyville Citizens City Charter Review Committee to explore possible changes to the charter.
The committee developed recommendations, which the council approved to appear on the ballot. For information on the propositions, go to the city of Colleyville website www.colleyville.com and click on “Colleyville voters to decide on City Charter amendments.”
The special election comes on the heels of a turnover earlier this year of several key members on the council.
A packed chamber was on hand to welcome three new members to the City Council on May 17 after three incumbents were ousted in a May election.
They were mayor Richard Newton, councilwoman Tammy Nakamura and councilman Bobby Lindamood.
The following propositions will be addressed:
Proposition No. 1
Amend the Colleyville City Charter by adding Section 3.01A, limitations on terms, to provide that no person shall serve as mayor for more than two consecutive elected terms and no person shall serve as a council member for more than two consecutive elected terms. Under no circumstances may any person ever serve for more than twelve consecutive years in combination as a council member or mayor. The amendment shall be effective at the next municipal election, shall apply to all persons currently occupying the office of mayor or council member, and shall apply to all municipal elections conducted after the date of adoption; provided however that this amendment will not cause a council members’ current term to be terminated prior to the completion of their elected term.
Proposition No. 2
Amend Section 3.09(c) to allow for electronic voting by city council and to provide that voting on nominations to city boards, committees and commissions do not require a roll call vote.
Proposition No. 3
Change Sections 7.02, 7.03, 7.04(A), 7.05, and 7.06 to provide that the appointment of the city secretary, police chief, fire chief, director of public Works and head of department of finance will require the approval of the City Council, for an indefinite term.
Proposition No. 4
To eliminate and delete Article XIII which provided for transitional matters after the 2005 Charter amendments.
Proposition No. 5
To amend Section 14.02 “personal financial interest” by adding to subsection (F) providing that a complaint can be filed 15 days from when a citizen knew or should have known of the asserted violation and adding subsection (K) to provide that council and mayoral candidates, planning and zoning and board of adjustment applicants, city manager and senior staff shall file financial disclosure and conflict of interest forms, providing a time frame for initial filing and for filing due to changes, and a duty to supplement, providing for the information to be contained in such forms to include certain described property owned in Dallas, Denton and Tarrant County or property held in trust or by certain family members or business entities; and the name and address of any person or corporation with a contractual relationship with the city and from which the person(s) stated above or family members have received something of value over $100; or the person or family members own more than 2 percent of the outstanding equity interest or more than 2 percent of the assets; and such reporting that is required by Section 14.02(K) applies to all of the relationships listed above.