Public meetings set on proposed changes to Minneapolis’ City Charter

The Minneapolis Charter Commission has planned four meetings in different areas of the City to gather public input on three proposed amendments to the City Charter. The City Charter is essentially a constitution for Minneapolis that defines the powers that the City government has and describes how the government is to be structured.

At the public meetings, three proposed changes will be discussed: creating a new position of City Administrator, which would oversee all City departments. A second proposal would eliminate the Board of Estimate and Taxation, and a third would eliminate the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The four public meetings are as follows:

Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Minnesota Transitions School, board room
2872 26th Ave. S.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
North Regional Library
1315 Lowry Ave. N.

Thursday, April 30, 2009, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Northeast Library
2200 Central Ave. N.E.

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Church, lower level
4500 Clinton Ave. S.

The Charter Commission reviews and formulates Charter proposals by soliciting ideas from citizens, City staff, and elected officials. Council Members Paul Ostrow, Don Samuels, and Ralph Remington proposed this set of amendments. Through the Charter amendment process, if amendments are approved by both the Charter Commission and the City Council, the proposed amendments are placed on the ballot for a public vote.

For more information on the meetings and proposed amendments, visit the Chart Commission.

Published Apr. 17, 2009