Time, energy spent reviewing City Charter

Editor, the Advocate:

Last summer Tom Halepaska, as chairman, Denise Rangel and Paul Polasek graciously accepted the responsibility of reviewing the 1994 City Charter. In their wisdom, they asked former members of the city council, Phillip Guittard, Bill Russell and former mayor Gary Middleton to serve with them in the review process.

Deputy City Manager Charmelle Garrett and City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz also met with the committee many times while reviewing the existing charter, section by section.

In a report to the council on Feb. 15, the committee recommended predominately housekeeping changes, which will equate to a more modern document that complies with current state and federal law.

Also, the committee recommended that a charter election be combined with the May 2012 city council election, thus saving the $20,000 to $40,000 that the election would cost if it was held this May. Joe Truman and David Hagan joined me in accepting this recommendation.

Please join me in thanking all of the people who spent time on this project, and when you see one of them personally, let them know that you appreciate their time and their dedication to Victoria.

Will Armstrong, mayor, Victoria