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With Census 2020 on the horizon, and the Village of Sunbury on the cusp of becoming the City of Sunbury, it’s time to start thinking about establishing a Sunbury Charter Commission. Sunbury would have the option to apply for charter status following the first census after the village reaches a population of 5,000. With current estimates of Sunbury’s population already exceeding 5,000 that status is going to happen during Census 2020.
According to the website Ballotpedia: “A chartered city, county, or municipality is one that possesses a unique set of laws that forms the legal foundation of its local system of government. The actual legal document that articulates these laws is called a charter. Charters stand in relationship to a county, city, village, or town the same way that a state constitution does to a state or a federal constitution does to a nation. They define the powers and functions of elected officials as well as the organization and procedures of local government.”
The first informational meeting was held July 16, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Town Hall located on the Village Green, 51 East Cherry St., Sunbury, OH. During that session, Becky Princehorn and Nick Gordon of Bricker & Eckler Attorneys at Law office in Columbus, OH, Anthony Saadey, Deputy Director of the Board of Elections and David Brehm, Sunbury Solicitor, discussed the purpose and reasoning for cities' to adopt a Charter form of government, the process and timeline relative to filing a petition if interested in becoming a Charter Member and the duties of being on the Charter once elected.
On November 6th, Sunbury voters opted to establishing a Charter and elected 15 members to serve on the Charter Commission. They are:
The charter commission will meet 2 times per month for approximately 10 months and will draft a proposed charter. That proposed charter will be mailed upon completion to Sunbury residents for review in October, 2019 and then voted upon in the November, 2019 election. The first organizational meeting was held on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 pm. Steve Mazzi was elected Chair of the Sunbury Charter Commission and Anne Frost was elected in the position of Vice-Chair. Charter meetings will be held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall on the third floor. All meetings are open to the public.
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