Parker Town Council approved an ordinance for seven of eight ballot measures to be voted on by Parker residents during the Nov. 9 special election. The eighth ballot question, to extend the term …
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Parker Town Council approved an ordinance for seven of eight ballot measures to be voted on by Parker residents during the Nov. 9 special election.
The eighth ballot question, to extend the term limits of Parker councilmembers and mayor to three terms instead of two, will be revisited on a third reading. It is expected to be voted on at the next meeting April 29. The question was tabled to clarify that the term limits will be for a person's total time on council or as mayor. A stipulation that the ordinance be effective after the current officials' terms are over will be discussed.
Here are the seven measures approved on this year's ballot:
1-4. The first four ballot questions address references in the town charter that give the mayor the powers and duties to perform certain acts “more appropriately delegated to the Town Administrator." Residents of the town voted in 2005 to move the the town from a “strong mayor” to a “town council-town administrator” form of government. The first four ballot questions would change ordinances that currently give the mayor power to instead give the power to the town administrator.
5. The fifth ballot question asks whether the town administrator should prepare and approve the town's personnel manual, subject to annual budgeting and appropriation. Currently, that power is held by the town council.
6. The sixth ballot question asks whether the town administrator's title should be changed to “town manager.”
7. The seventh ballot question asks whether the planning commission is required to review and approve plats. If this requirement is removed, the town ordinance will direct review requirement. Currently, town council makes the final review after the required review by the planning commission.
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