The committee meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in council chambers at 1175 East Main Street. Meetings are broadcast live on RVTV channel 9. Minutes, agendas, and meeting packet documents are available on-line at www.ashland.or.us.
For more information, contact city staff liaison to the committee, Ann Seltzer at 552-2106 or email@example.com.
Expectations of the Charter Review Committee
"Membership on a charter review committee is accepting responsibility for leadership in the most important single civic effort that any community can undertake. The duty of leadership is to find the highest attainable level of improvement, not just a token advance. Statesmanlike compromise is simply a means to this end." Guide for Charter Commission, National League of Cities
Purpose and Overview
The primary function of the charter review committee is to review the existing charter to determine if it will adequately serve the community well into the future. If necessary, the committee is to prepare a draft charter for the City of Ashland. The proposed charter will ultimately be reviewed by the city council for placement on the ballot for the voters of Ashland.
The committee must be impartial, non-biased, and free of any perceived political gain and may approach the task in whatever means results in a document that best serves the citizens of Ashland.
In addition to adhering to the Oregon Public Meetings law, the committee will strive to include the community beyond the requirements of the law. The council encourages the committee to seek opportunities to educate the community about the process and purpose of a charter review, the importance of a city charter and to solicit community input.
It is the council's experience that undertakings of this scope are best achieved within a set timeline during which committee members are focused on achieving the task in a timely manner. Stretching a task over a period of many months can result in a committee that loses focus, interest and drive and a drop in attendance. As such, the council requests that the committee develop a timeline so that the proposed amendments can be placed on the earliest possible ballot.
The committee will be comprised of nine voting members: two former elected city officials, and seven other citizens.
An alternate committee member will also be selected and will serve as a non-voting member. Should a member of the committee be unable to fulfill duties, the alternate will assume the role of the voting member. The city attorney will attend all meetings and will act in an advisory role and a current city employee will staff the committee.
Please remember that other than staff, the people listed below are volunteers working on behalf of our community and should only be contacted on matters related to their particular commission, committee or board.
The committee can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org