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The Sunbury Charter passed on November 5, 2019. While it will be early 2021 before Sunbury will know the results of the 2020 census and the status changing from a village to a city is made (based on population), the Charter Commission chose to write the charter in such a way that Sunbury will be adopting it January 1, 2020.
The Sunbury Council has started putting a committee together to work with the administration in anticipation the charter would pass. We will now begin to meet, plan and start the implementation of the plans for how we will operate in January. While we do not expect drastic changes come January, we will implement the framework that was put together by the Charter Commission. There will be much to do between now and January to start the process of implementing the Charter.
These will be exciting times for Sunbury. We are truly blessed to live in a community with great opportunities in front of us. As our slogan goes, Small town, Big Ideas, Perfect Balance, that will be the trick to our continued success. We all love the town we have, and many of us would love to see it stay the same, but with progress comes change. We must work together to keep the values we have, to maintain this great community, and still create opportunities for us to thrive in the future.
As the Charter implementation progresses, please check back on a periodic basis for more details.
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 6, 2018, Sunbury voters opted to establishing a Charter and elected 15 members to serve on the Charter Commission. They are:
Steve Mazzi was elected Chair of the Sunbury Charter Commission and Anne Frost was elected in the position of Vice-Chair. The charter commission met 2 times per month from December. 2018 thru June. 2019 and drafted a proposed charter. That proposed charter was mailed to all registered Sunbury voters for review in September, 2019 and then will be voted upon in the November, 2019 election. All meetings were open to the public.
To review the cover letter & proposed Charter, click on links below:
Charter Cover Letter
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If you have any other questions, please contact Tommy Hatfield, Mayor via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathy Belcher at email@example.com. You can also call the Municipal Building at 740-965-2684.