Leon Valley
TX

Ordinance
Ordinance 17-003

Discuss, Consider and Possible Action on the Creation of a Home Rule Charter Committee.

Information

Department:AdministrationSponsors:City Manager Kelly Kuenstler
Category:Presentation

Item Discussion

PURPOSE

 

This is a follow up item from the January, 2017, Town Hall Meeting, where 91% of Leon Valley Citizens voted to support the creation of a Home Rule Charter.  Because of citizens' reactions to the presentation, the first step in the creation of a Home Rule Charter is the appointment of a home rule charter committee.

 

SEE LEON VALLEY

 

Social Equity:  It is equitable to allow the Citizens of Leon Valley to have an equal opportunity to vote for against a home rule charter and it is equitable to appoint an interested, informed and diverse group of citizens to lead this effort

 

Economic Development: The City of Leon Valley could recognize an economic benefit through the regulations of ordinances developed under the Home Rule Charter that favor desirable businesses in the city limits. 

 

Environmental Stewardship:  N/A

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

If the committee and council determine that an election should be held in November of 2017, the City Secretary will budget approximately $20,000.00 for the expenditures in next fiscal year's budget. The expenditures include election fees, an attorney review, printing, Spanish translation and mailing fees.

 

STRATEGIC GOALS

 

This item is consistent with the City of Leon Valley's goal of citizen involvement contained within the Strategic Plan. 

 

Document Comments

RECOMMENDATION

 

The staff recommends that the City Council appoint a Commission for review and consideration of a Home Rule Charter by whatever legal means it deems appropriate. The Commission could consist of 13 members whereby each council member appoints 2 persons and the Mayor appoints 3 persons. The Commission would review and consider the following:

 

I.                 Form of Government and Powers

II.                 Boundaries

III.                 The City Council and Mayor

IV.                 Elections

V.                 Administrative Organization

VI.                 Initiative, Referendum and Recall

VII.                 General Provisions

VIII.                 Transitional Provisions

 

As the Commission reviews the above items, they bring their recommendations to the Council and ultimately, a recommended charter to the voter of this city. The City Manager and the City Attorney will act as the staff liaisons for this Committee. The staff will encourage items of interest that unify rather than divide the city. A possible suggestion for the first draft of the Charter might be that nothing comes before the council that does not have at least a 75% majority vote of the committee. This might promulgate a united commission that looks for items that unite rather than divide the community. 

 

Finally, citizen participation should be allowed and encouraged at each of the meetings of the Home Rule Charter Commission.

 

 

Body

AN ORDINANCE CREATING A HOME RULE CHARTER COMMISSION; APPOINTING MEMBERS TO THE COMMISSION; PROVIDING FOR APPOINTMENT OF A COMMISSION CHAIR AND CREATION OF WORKING RULES; AND PROVIDING A DEADLINE FOR COMPLETING ITS WORK.

 

WHEREAS, in January, 2017 the City of Leon Valley held a Town Hall meeting where 91% of the citizens in attendance voted to support the creation of a Home-Rule Charter; and

 

WHEREAS, the Texas Local Government Code Chapter 9 Home-Rule Municipality provides for the process and procedures for creating a Home-Rule Charter Commission; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Leon Valley desires to create a Home-Rule Charter Commission for purposes of creating the City’s first Home Rule Charter to be placed before the citizens of the City of Leon Valley for consideration; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LEON VALLEY, TEXAS:

 

SECTION 1.              That the City Council hereby creates a Home-Rule Charter Commission (the “HRCC”) for the purpose of drafting a home-rule charter to be presented to the citizens of Leon Valley for a vote of approval.

 

SECTION 2.              That the HRCC shall be composed of thirteen (13) members, and the City Manager and City Attorney shall act as staff liaisons for the HRCC.

 

SECTION 3.              That each City Council Member shall appoint two (2) members and the Mayor shall appoint three (3) members.

 

SECTION 4.              That at its initial meeting the HRCC Members shall select one of its Members to serve as Chairperson of the Commission.

 

SECTION 5.              That the HRCC shall at its initial meeting create rules for governing its meetings and consider the following:

 

I.                 Form of Government and Powers

II.                 Boundaries

III.                 The City Council and Mayor

IV.                 Elections

V.                 Administrative Organization

VI.                 Initiative, Referendum and Recall

VII.                 General Provisions

VIII.                 Transitional Provisions

 

SECTION 7.              All HRCC meetings shall be open to the public and citizen participation shall be encouraged.

 

SECTION 8.              That the HRCC shall only present recommendations that has at least 75% majority vote of the HRCC to the City Council, and upon City Council approval, shall ultimately present a recommended charter to the voters for the November 2017 election.

 

SECTION 9.              That the HRCC shall complete its work in time sufficient to allow the proposed Home Rule Charter to be presented to the voters at the November, 2017 election.

 

SECTION 10.  This ordinance is effective immediately upon passage by four (4) affirmative votes; otherwise it is effective on the tenth day after passage hereof.

 

Meeting History

Mar 21, 2017 7:00 PM  City Council Regular Meeting

City Manager Kelly Kuenstler presented this item as a follow up item from the January, 2017, Town Hall Meeting, where 91% of Leon Valley Citizens voted to support the creation of a Home Rule Charter. Because of citizens' reactions to the presentation, the first step in the creation of a Home Rule Charter is the appointment of a home rule charter committee.

· Liz Maloy spoke on amending what was done but rejected before.

A motion was made by Council Member Monica Alcocer and seconded by Council Member Belinda Ealy, to establish the Home Rule Charter Committee as presented.

RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Monica Alcocer, Council Place 3
SECONDER:Belinda Ealy, Council Place 2
AYES:David Jordan, David Edwards, Belinda Ealy, Monica Alcocer, Benny Martinez

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