City Charter to be updated

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The Craig City Charter has outdated provisions for personnel and purchasing issues, and on Tuesday, City Council members agreed it was time for a change.

They voted to recruit a seven-member citizen advisory committee that would review the charter and recommend changes, which would be approved by the council and presented to voters in 2006.

That's the soonest it could be done to meet the statutory provisions for public notice, City Manager Jim Ferree said, unless the council wanted to call a special election.

"It would definitely be cheaper to do it during a general election," Ferree said. "So we're talking a least a year away."

Council members agreed it wasn't a process they wanted to rush.

The charter was reviewed last in 1992, at which time a five-member committee was appointed.

Moffat County Commissioner Saed Tayyara, who served on the council in the early 1990s, said the council advertised for participation, but nobody responded, so council members hand-selected the five who served.

Ferree said the review process can be time consuming, but city resources and existing templates for municipal charters are available.

Ferree said there are items addressed in the current charter that should be in the city's policy -- not the charter. Personnel issues are one example.

"I think we really need to do this," Mayor Don Jones said.

Ferree will present a resolution at the council's July 12 meeting that authorizes the city to establish a charter review committee and seek applications.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or at ccurrie@craigdailypress.

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