Joshua Morrison/News Mount Vernon City Councilman Chris Menapace, clarifies a few points during the public forum held Wednesday in council chambers at City Hall. The two-hour public forum included a panel of city managers, charter system advocates and law directors from various Ohio communities. The panel took eight questions from the public and government officials.

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Mount Vernon City Councilman Chris Menapace, clarifies a few points during the public forum held Wednesday in council chambers at City Hall. The two-hour public forum included a panel of city managers, charter system advocates and law directors from various Ohio communities. The panel took eight questions from the public and government officials. Request this photo

 

MOUNT VERNON — For two hours Wednesday, eight panelists answered questions about charter governments. Whether they provided enough information for City Council to decide on whether to place a charter question on the November ballot will be determined Monday, July 23.

Council will vote at that time on the final approval of an ordinance placing the charter question on the ballot. The measure does not create a charter; rather it asks whether a commission should be formed to study the charter issue and possibly write a charter, and it asks voters to select 15 members to serve on the commission.

Technically, the meeting was a session of the Employee and Community Relations Committee, but Chair John Francis made it clear it was just as much a chance for the public to ask questions as for council members to do so.

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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