HUDSON — Will the city roll with seven, 11, or perhaps something in between for its charter review commission?
Council has plenty of choices after 26 residents submitted applications to serve on the volunteer body. The commission can have anywhere from seven to 11 members. Under the city charter, a commission must be formed every five years to review the document and recommend changes.
Council President Bill Wooldredge (At Large) recently asked members to submit their top 10 choices to him. The interview schedule would then be set up after he receives their lists.
When the issue was discussed Dec. 10, some council members felt an effort should be made to have each of the city’s four council wards represented on the commission.
Council member Beth Bigham (Ward 4) said she believed there should be a "broad and diverse group that we bring together that can complement each other."
"I do agree it should be a diverse committee," added Council member Kate Schlademan (Ward 1). "We need to represent all aspects and I think this is a perfect opportunity for us to come together as a council and work at compromise and having a group that will actually represent all of our city."
Wooldredge said he felt it was important for council to get the "seven or 11 best people regardless of where they come from. They all live in Hudson." He noted he would have the clerk of council list the ward that each commission applicant lives in.
Wooldredge and Mayor Craig Shubert agreed to work together on formulating a criteria for how council will evaluate the commission applicants. Shubert encouraged residents to share their suggestions on what they would like to see changed in the charter. He noted proposed changes can be emailed to him at email@example.com or other council members.
Council member Dr. J. Daniel Williams (At Large) said the commission’s recommendations will go to the ballot for voters to decide, so the selection of the members is an "important" process. He noted council is not allowed to overturn the commission’s proposed amendments, but said legislators are also allowed to offer their own potential changes.
The commission members have to be appointed by the end of January.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.