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File #: 19-533    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Proclamation/Presentation Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/17/2019 In control: Board of Trustees
On agenda: 11/12/2019 Final action:
Title: Home Rule Action Plan
Attachments: 1. Home Rule Summary, 2. 2019.09.17 Presentation on Erie Home Rule Issues
SUBJECT: Staff Report
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Home Rule Action Plan
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DEPARTMENT: Administration

PRESENTER: Malcolm Fleming, Town Administrator

SUMMARY AND BACKGROUND OF SUBJECT MATTER:

During the Board of Trustees October 15 Study Session, the Board asked staff to provide analysis of how the Town could facilitate a November 2020 Home Rule Charter election, what kind of outreach/engagement would be necessary to inform the electorate and get enough interested candidates to run for the Home Rule Commission.

To achieve successful community engagement and informed decisions on this important matter, staff recommends the following schedule:
* May-July 2020: Community engagement on Home Rule and process
* August 2020: BoT calls election to form a Charter Commission and vote on commissioners
* September 2020: Within 30 days of notice of election, Commission candidates must file nomination petitions
* November 2020: Electors vote on (1) whether to pursue home rule; and (2) elect commissioners to serve on the Charter Commission if Home Rule is pursued
* December 2020: If voters approve (1) and (2), Charter Commission must have first meeting within 20 days of election being certified
* December-May 2021: Charter Commission develops proposed Charter, conducts public hearing(s) and submits proposed charter to Board of Trustees
* June 2021: Within 30 days of receiving proposed charter, BoT calls election and publishes notice of election and text of proposed charter.
* July-October: Community engagement on proposed charter
* November 2021: Election on proposed charter

If the Board wants to pursue a faster schedule, the following is theoretically possible, but would have fewer opportunities for community engagement:
* December 10, 2019 - BoT calls election to form a Charter Commission and vote on commissioners
* January 2020: Within 30 days of notice of election, Commission candidates must file nomination petitions
* April 7, 2020 - Regular Municipal Election: electors decide (...

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