City Council Talks Charter Proposals

By: Brian Quick Email
By: Brian Quick Email

(Topeka, KS)--Members of the Topeka City Council gathered Saturday to go through Mayor Bill Bunten's proposed changes to the charter ordinance with a fine-tooth comb.

In the end, it looks like the only change that may go before voters in April is one that would give the council override power of mayoral vetoes.

John Alcala and Richard Harmon both thought it was too soon to make changes to the ordinance, which has only been around four years. Deborah Swank said she would not support any changes that would give the mayor any more power.

They did not feel a seven-member council would be a representative as the current nine-member council, and decided not to define the job of mayor as a full-time position -- as it could affect some mayoral candidates.

Council members did decide the deputy mayor's duties are sufficiently defined as is.

Bunten said the meeting started a good dialogue about the charter ordinance.

Also coming out of the meeting, City Attorney Jackie Williams said legal staff "will likely" suggest the city appeal the judicial decision that the council cannot override a veto.

Deputy City Manager Jeff Preisner and Brett Blackburn were absent from the meeting.


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