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HIGH SPRINGS – In a 3-1 vote, the High Springs City Commission has approved placing advertisements for applicants to serve on the city’s Charter Review Board.  At the Oct. 25 commission meeting, Commissioner Sue Weller provided the dissenting vote.  Citing inconsistencies between the Charter and the City’s Procedures Manual, Mayor Dean Davis said a charter review was long overdue.  Commissioner Scott Jamison was previously excused from attending this meeting due to a family commitment.

Commissioner Linda Gestrin moved and Vice-Mayor Bob Barnas seconded a motion to request the city clerk advertise for committee members who wanted to serve and also post the item on the city’s website.

In answer to a question regarding the usual advertising period for committee or board appointments, City Clerk Jenny Parham said it was usually “two to three weeks.”

Commissioner Weller explained that since a new commissioner would be sworn in on Nov. 20, and noting the usual advertising time for most appointments, suggested the commission abide by the 2-3 week advertising period to make sure anyone interested had enough time to apply.

Commissioner Gestrin disagreed, saying the issue had been talked about all year and she thought the commission should not only advertise for a shorter time period, but also should appoint the committee at the Nov. 8 meeting.

Hearing from City Attorney Scott Walker that the commission was not bound by any regulation as to length of advertising period and could, in fact, appoint without advertising for applicants at all, commissioners voted to appoint applicants at the Nov. 8 meeting.

Interested parties must be electors of the city, holding no other office, appointment or employment in the city government, except on advisory bodies as described in Section 5.01 of the City Charter.

Applications may be obtained Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 110 NW 1st Avenue, High Springs, or on the city’s website at www.highsprings.us.  Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.  Members will be appointed by the City Commission at the Nov. 8 City Commission meeting.

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HIGH SPRINGS – In a 3-1 vote, the High Springs City Commission has approved placing advertisements for applicants to serve on the city’s Charter Review Board.  At the Oct. 25 commission meeting, Commissioner Sue Weller provided the dissenting vote.  Citing inconsistencies between the Charter and the City’s Procedures Manual, Mayor Dean Davis said a charter review was long overdue.  Commissioner Scott Jamison was previously excused from attending this meeting due to a family commitment.

Commissioner Linda Gestrin moved and Vice-Mayor Bob Barnas seconded a motion to request the city clerk advertise for committee members who wanted to serve and also post the item on the city’s website.

In answer to a question regarding the usual advertising period for committee or board appointments, City Clerk Jenny Parham said it was usually “two to three weeks.”

Commissioner Weller explained that since a new commissioner would be sworn in on Nov. 20, and noting the usual advertising time for most appointments, suggested the commission abide by the 2-3 week advertising period to make sure anyone interested had enough time to apply.

Commissioner Gestrin disagreed, saying the issue had been talked about all year and she thought the commission should not only advertise for a shorter time period, but also should appoint the committee at the Nov. 8 meeting.

Hearing from City Attorney Scott Walker that the commission was not bound by any regulation as to length of advertising period and could, in fact, appoint without advertising for applicants at all, commissioners voted to appoint applicants at the Nov. 8 meeting.

Interested parties must be electors of the city, holding no other office, appointment or employment in the city government, except on advisory bodies as described in Section 5.01 of the City Charter.

Applications may be obtained Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 110 NW 1st Avenue, High Springs, or on the city’s website at www.highsprings.us.  Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 7.  Members will be appointed by the City Commission at the Nov. 8 City Commission meeting.

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