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February 3, 2013

Charter committee wrapping up work

GREENVILLE — That didn’t take long.

The Citizens Charter Review Committee could wrap up its initial review of the City of Greenville’s governing document this week, in time for any recommended changes to be placed on the May election ballot.

The committee is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street.

The seven-member panel is set to review and discuss the remaining sections of the charter it has yet to cover; from Section 133, which covers the electric utility board, to Section 175, Non-Estoppel, which provides that the city shall not be bound by unauthorized acts, representations or omissions of its officials, employees, or agents.

The committee began meeting January 16, to conduct a review of the document which regulates how the City of Greenville operates.

The committee is hoping to complete its review and provide recommendations to the City Council in time for the inclusion of any proposed changes to the Charter on the May 11 municipal election ballot.

The 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.

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

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