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Possible changes would be put on ballot for voter review.

Possible changes are ahead for New Carlisle’s charter.

Every eight years the city is required to review its charter and see if any changes need to be made.

The city recently formed a committee to review the charter. They will present their changes to the city council at an upcoming council meeting. Council members will vote on whether to move forward and place the changes on the ballot.

If the changes are approved, they will be sent to the board of elections and the secretary of the state of Ohio to be put on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

There are several changes up for approval on the New Carlisle charter, including:

  • Increasing the amount of time in which an employee cannot serve on city council once their job with the city has expired. The change would increase the time from 6 months to one year.
  • Adding language that means employees can be removed from office for reasons that include malfeasance in or disqualification from office, conviction of certain crimes or being legally declared incompetent.
  • Making the charter viewable online.
  • Changing the requirements for a city manager to have two years in a public administration position and 2 years experience as a city manager as opposed to the original requirements of having 2 years as a city manager or city management position.
  • Changing the powers and duties of the city manager by allowing them to approve contracts for a fixed term and for a fixed expenditure of $10,000 or less without approval by the city council.

Along with these additions to the charter, Article 12 of the charter that oversaw transitional provisions will be removed completely because the council doesn’t feel as if it is needed anymore, said Kim Jones, city manager.

The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today.

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