Review the New City Charter

In the fall 2014, the City of Forsyth Mayor and Council decided that revisions needed to be made to the city Charter in hopes of improving the efficiency of city government. The City of Forsyth requested assistance from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission to develop a draft of the proposed Charter. A work session for initial input was held by City Council in September 2014, followed by the Regional Commission developing a first draft. Over the ensuing months, additional City Council work sessions were held and revisions were made to the draft proposed Charter. Below is a summary of policy changes that have been proposed to the City Charter as of the final draft dated February 02, 2015. Section 1.13 – Modified to add that the city is allowed to regulate adult entertainment establishments in addition to adult bookstores. Section 2.11 – Term limit for the Mayor is removed to be the consistent with Council Members. Section 2.12 – Maximum length of an appointment to fill a Council vacancy extended from two months to twelve months. Section 2.22 – The current Charter does not contain a definition of an ordinance. The proposed Charter clearly defines ordinance specifically making it different than a resolution. Section 2.28 – Changes the designated Chief Executive Officer from the Mayor to the City Manager. Section 2.29 – Specifically states that the Mayor is the Chief Elected Official. Duties of supervising executive work, preparing an annual operating budget, and coordinating administrative activities are removed from Mayor’s duties. The Mayor retains the authority to disapprove or remove budget line items. Added to Mayor’s enumerated duties are...