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Voters on Nov. 7 approved a citizen-initiated measure to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Town’s Mayor is elected. Now, the Mayor will be elected at-large, and there will be six Councilmembers elected within six districts.
While the election changed language in the Charter regarding the overall structure of Town Council, the original citizen-initiated petition that provided for the election did not identify critical elements such as qualifications for Mayor (age, residency, voter status, etc.) and a timeline for the transition to the new structure. These items must be identified in the Town Charter, and only the voters have the ability to make these needed changes. Council is expected to plan for a special election in spring 2018.
To implement the will of voters quickly, efficiently and with public input, Town Council is seeking applications for a new Citizen Advisory Committee. The Committee’s purpose will be to advise Council on certain necessary changes to the Town Charter and a transition plan for Castle Rock’s new Town Council structure.
Because any change to the Charter requires voter approval, another election will be required. Council is planning for a special election in spring 2018. Council wants community input before asking voters to consider another series of Charter amendments, and on Tuesday established a Citizen Advisory Committee. Specifically, the seven-member Committee will review and advise on:
Those interested in serving on this committee are asked to submit an application, which is available at www.CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee, or by visiting Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. Applicants must be registered to vote in Castle Rock. Applications are due by noon Friday, Dec. 22.
The committee is expected to meet before making recommendations and suggestions during a regular Town Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 16. The timeframe is compressed so as not to delay implementation of the voter-approved Charter changes.
Town Council welcomes questions about this and any other Town topic to TownCouncil@CRgov.com. Those interested in keeping up with the progress of the committee can sign up for emails at CRgov.com/CitizenCommittee.
The Town Charter is the Town’s foundational document. It defines the organization, powers, functions and essential procedures of the Town as well as the rights of citizens. Any changes require voter approval.