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Message From Charter Commission

Commission provides updates on meetings and other information.

The residents of Springfield voted to establish a Charter Study Commission.  The five elected commissioners held an organizational meeting on December 10th. At that meetiing a Chairman was selected (former Mayor Hugh Keffer) and the hours/place of meetings were decided.  During the next eight months the Commission will accomplish the following:Study the present form of government by interviewing present and past public officials, civic leaders, and media representatives.

  1. Hold public meetings to inform voters of other forms of government which are available, and to gather opinions on other forms.
  2. Study alternative forms of government by reviewing statutory provisions of other forms, interviewing persons having experience with other forms.
  3. Make a decision by discussing advantages and disadvantages of each alternative form of government in relation to the present form.
  4. Prepare the Charter Study Commission Report

The Commission can recommend one of the following: 1. the current form of government be retained and unchanged; 2. the current form of government be retained, but with certain modifications;3. the form of government be changed to one of the four plans under the Faulkner Act; 4. the governing body petition the Legislature for either a special charter or one or more specific amendments to the municipality’s charter, such as the addition of initiative, referendum and recall to one of the “traditional” forms of municipal government (e.g., a borough or township form).

There are four forms of government under the Faulkner Act:

  1. The Mayor-Council Plan
  2. The Council – Manager Plan
  3. The Small Municipal Plan
  4. The Mayor-Council – Administrator Plan

If the Charter Study Commission recommends adoption of one of the Faulkner Act forms, then a Referendum on the optional plan will be placed on the November 2013 ballot.

The January 2013 meetings are scheduled for 7:30 PM on January 7, 14, and 21 at the Springfield Library.

Michael S. Dzikowski January 16, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Charter Commission: Whichever form of government is determined to be most suitable, make sure you require updated, written public disclosures, at least annually, on all Council members regulatory disciplinary history and other conflicts of interest. This would greatly help the taxpayers and hinder future disgraces such as Mr. David Barnett's recent election where he is responsible for Springfield's finances after being barred from such activities for 10 years by the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)! http://www.nj.com/union/index.ssf/2012/12/newly_elected_springfield_comm.html http://www.sec.gov/news/press/2012/2012-270.htm (Click on Barnett's complaint) NJ Residents/Union County/Springfield Committee,,,,,"Democracy must be something more than three wolves and two sheep voting on what to have for dinner". -- ( attributed to James Bovard, Civil Libertarian )

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