Kaufman will hold an election on May 4 to consider the following propositions:
Proposition A: Passage of Ordinances - An amendment to Section 3.11 of Article III removing the requirement for two readings of ordinances except for franchise ordinances and for ordinances which state law requires two readings, requiring one reading on all other ordinances and providing for council adoption of an ordinance after consideration at an open public meeting, removing the requirement to use brackets and quotation marks for items removed and added to an ordinance, providing that the placement of an item on the council agenda providing a brief summary of the subject matter of an ordinance to be considered at an open public meeting suffices as a reading of the ordinance.
–Restricting the adoption and appeal process, so as an ordinance may not be repealed except by another ordinance.
–Changing the amount of times an ordinance is read from two times to one time, except where state law dictates otherwise.
–Allowing interested parties to have reasonable opportunities to be heard, prior to council action.
–Providing a brief summary of the subject of the ordinance for council consideration will suffice.
Proposition B: Police Chief Appointment - An amendment to Section 4.07 of Article IV changing the process for appointing the police chief from a council appointment based upon the recommendation of the city manager to an appointment of the police chief by the city manager subject to approval of the appointment by the city council.
–Changing the appointment of the police chief as responsibility of city manager with approval by council.
Proposition C: City Election Procedures and Official Election Results - An amendment to the following sections of Article V for the purpose of: amending Section 5.01(1) to provide that if city charter provisions regulating elections conflict with state law regulating elections, the conflict will be resolved in accordance with state law; amending Section 5.01(3) to provide that the city council may call both general and special elections by either ordinance or resolution and fix the time and place for all elections; amending Section 5.04(1) to remove the 60 day requirement for holding of a runoff election and providing that a runoff election will be conducted in accordance with state law; and amending Section 5.04 (2) to remove the three to six day time period for canvassing of an election and providing that canvassing shall be conducted as required by state law.
–Adding a clause that in the event of a conflict between the charter and state law, state law will control decisions.
–Adding that by resolution or ordinance, city council may call a general or special election.
–Removing the 30 day time limit for a runoff election.
–Removing the time limit of no earlier than the third day and no later than the sixth day after election day and mayor will not set the time.