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To Our Fellow Stakeholders and Residents,
We are all excited about the work we have started with Newton’s Charter Review.
As we move forward, we will remain focused on our community’s shared interest in greater public participation in government and the effectiveness, responsiveness, and efficiency of our government.
Many thanks to all of you who have attended our initial meetings, public hearings, and round tables, and to those who have contacted us to share your thoughts and insights.
For those of you who have been following our Article 2: Legislative Review, please CLICK HERE for an Article 2 Discussion Guide.
At the April 13th meeting, the Commission voted unanimously (straw vote) to recommend a 13 member City Council, with 1 member residing in each of the 8 wards to be elected at-large and 5 additional Councilors elected at large without a residency requirement.
On April 27, the Commission took two more straw votes (each passing 7 to 2) for:
1) Six two-year consecutive terms for City Councilors (term limits of twelve consecutive years. Those interested in extending service could campaign for re-election after a break in service.).
2) A scenario for term lengths that would maintain two-year terms for councilors and contests at each city election (no staggered elections).
On July 12, the Commissioners revisited the topic of term limits. Currently the straw vote reflects support for:
maintaining an 8 year term limit for School Committee, and adding a 12 year limit for City Councilors and for the Mayor. Again, those interested in extending service could campaign for re-election after their breaks in service.
Thank you to the guests who joined us for a discussion about Article 9 on September 14:
1. Srdj Nedeljkovic - Newton Highlands Area Council
2. Anil Adyanthaya - Upper Falls Area Council
3. Sallee Lipshutz - Waban Area Council
4. Marc Kaufman - Newtonville Area Council
5. Terry Sauro - Nonantum Neighborhood Association
6. Councilor John Rice - City Council (Ward 5)
Please click here for a copy of Article 9 and the Panel Discussion Guide.
Fall Review Meetings (Tentative Schedule)
September 28, 2016: Article 9: Neighborhood Area Councils and Article 6: Administrative Departments, Article 5: Financial Procedures (if time permits).
October 12, 2016: NO MEETING- YOM KIPPUR
October 19, 2016: Article 10: Free Petition, Initiative, Referendums (and remaining items from 9/28)
October 26, 2016: City Council Composition, City Council Compensation, Term Limits (and remaining items from 10/19)
November 16, 2016: Article 12: Transitional Provisions (and remaining items from 10/26)
November 30, 2016: Revisiting outstanding issues~Agenda TBA
December 14, 2016: Revisiting outstanding issues~Agenda TBA
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The Newton Charter Commission
Josh Krintzman, Chair
Rhanna Kidwell,Vice Chair