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January 6, 2013

Panel to review city rules

GREENVILLE — A group of seven local residents is expected to be charged with the task of coming up with recommendations for improving the way Greenville operates.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled to consider the appointment of a Citizens Charter Review Committee as part of Tuesday’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is set for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The City of Greenville Charter is the document which contains the rules and regulations governing how the Council, the city administration and related agencies do business.

State law allows the charter to be amended every two years and to also reflect changes in state law if needed.

The last Charter review  resulted in an election in May 2010 during which Greenville’s registered voters passed all 13 proposed amendments on the ballot; everything from correcting a list of typographical errors in the existing Charter and giving the Mayor a seat on the Greenville Electric Utility System (GEUS) board of trustees, to increasing the annual transfer of GEUS revenues to the city’s general fund from 3 percent to 5 percent.

A complete copy of the current Charter is available on the City of Greenville Web site at www.ci.greenville.tx.us.

The committee will be made up of one member from each Council district, as well as an at-large representative, who shall serve as Chairman. The committee will be meet at least monthly.

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