After months of work, a special commission publicly presented a draft of a revised city charter Thursday, describing a New Haven with elected Board of Ed members, and undocumented immigrants taking a seat in city government.
You can download and read the draft here. Then you can share your opinion at a public hearing on Tuesday.
The draft revised city charter is a product of the Charter Revision Commission, which has been laboring on the document since last fall.
The New Haven Charter is the city’s foundational legal document, laying out the basic foundations of city government, including the powers of the mayor, city departments, the number of wards. Every 10 years, the city is required to form a commission to see if the charter needs revision, and to suggest appropriate changes.
The Charter Revision Commission is wrapping up the first phase of that work now. It will hold a public hearing on Tuesday night at Conte-West Hills School, where people will have a chance to tell the commission what they think of the proposed new charter.
The commission will make any final changes, if necessary, and vote on the draft Tuesday night after the hearing. The draft will then head to the Board of Aldermen, which can accept the proposed changes, deny them, or send the charter back to the commission for more tinkering. Eventually, if the Board of Aldermen approves, proposed charter changes will end up on the ballot as referendum questions in the November elections.
The draft charter includes a variety of changes large and small. The proposed revision that has created the biggest buzz is a change to the Board of Education, from an all-appointed body, to a “hybrid” board comprising five appointees and two elected positions.
Another controversial move is a last-minute proposal to allow non-citizen New Haven residents to sit on city boards and commissions.
You’ll find details about those and other changes in the charter draft here. Click here to read an annotated version.
posted by: Samuel T. Ross-Lee on May 4, 2013 6:14pm
Would it have been to much for the NHI to give COMPLETE information on the Public Meeting, to include the TIME?
[The Charter Revision Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Auditorium of Conte School located at 511 Chapel Street to hold a public hearing on the revised charter, hear from counsel, and make its final recommendations.
The draft revised charter will be available for public viewing at 5 PM in the auditorium and is currently available in the Board of Aldermen’s office, in the City’s library branches and on the web at ]http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/Aldermen/index.asp]
posted by: AMDC on May 4, 2013 7:07pm
What about term limits for the mayor and for the aldermen? Doesn’t anyone else think this is important?
posted by: cedarhillresident! on May 5, 2013 7:53am
So they are having the hearing at on the same day and time of the first real Mayoral Debate. Hmm which is were most active citizens will be because they are supporting there candidates. So I am predicting the head line will be no one showed up to the hearing. Love the timing
[Note: We scheduled the debate before we knew about the charter hearing. We did know about the aldermanic Finance Committee meeting—which like the charter hearing begins at 7 p.m. We scheduled the debate an hour earlier so people could walk the couple of blocks to City Hall for the 7 p.m. finance hearing. We’ll try to keep it tight! There’s stuff pretty much every night this time of year.]
posted by: cedarhillresident! on May 5, 2013 7:56am
I can not believe that term limits are not even touched. One of the most wanted things by citizens. I personally think this is the will of few…only because they did not include the public in the choosing of this board like they were suppose to. Again the will of the citizens stepped on. No sence fighting…I will just wait for the crash and burn and be there to pick up the pieces
posted by: jusdafax on May 7, 2013 12:09pm
just to be fair. the independent had the charter meeting on its site since March 30 (see below) not sure when the independent scheduled the debate.
Charter Revision Meetings Scheduled
by Staff | Mar 5, 2013 5:55 am
2013 Charter Revision SCHEDULE UPDATED
The Charter Revision Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on the following dates.
All meetings are held in the Board of Aldermen’s Bartholomew Guida Aldermanic Chamber or meeting rooms at 165 Church Street, New Haven on the 2nd Floor.
Please note that all dates are “weather permitting”.
Public Hearings at 7 PM*
January 17 @ Davis Street School
January 31 @ Hillhouse High School
February 5 @ Jepson School
February 7 @ Conte/West Hills School
May 7 @ Conte/West Hills School (new)