Charter Commission Minutes

February 5, 2002

The Hopkins Charter Commission met on February 5. Present were Commission members: Sid Blair, Dorothy Boen, John Frane, Marjorie Hance, John Hutchison, Chuck Kritzler, Henry Pokorny and Harry Smith. Assistant City Manager Jim Genellie and Captain Jim Liddy were also present.

  1. Call To Order
    The meeting was brought to order at 6:30 pm.
  2. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
    Commissioner Kritzler was nominated for Chair and Commissioner Boen was nominated for Vice-Chair. The Commission voted unanimously to elect Charles Kritzler as Chair and Dorothy Boen as Vice-Chair.
  3. Approval of Minutes for April 24, 2001
    Commissioner Smith moved and Commissioner Frane seconded a motion to approve the minutes of April 24, 2001. The Commission voted unanimously to approve the minutes.
  4. Communications
    None
  5. Old Business
    None
  6. New Business
    1. Establishment of the Police Review Committee
      Mr. Genellie explained the background and why the Charter had to be amended to create an alternative to the Police Civil Service Commission (PCSC.) Several Commissioners asked why the Civil Service Commission could not simply be abolished? Mr. Genellie explained that several Police Department employees objected to the elimination of the protections offered to employees by the PCSC in disciplinary matters. Based upon these comments the City Council was unable to agree to eliminate the PCSC.
          Mr. Genellie explained that the proposed committee is a compromise that would streamline the hiring process while maintaining employee protections.
          Several Commissioners questioned the proposed method for appointing committee members. The Commission preferred having the Council appoint. The Commission also felt that the term "review" was insufficient. The language was changed to "review, sustain, overturn, or modify."
          Commissioner Pokorny moved and Commissioner Frane seconded the motion to approve amending the Charter to add a Police Review Committee.
          A poll of the vote was as follows: Commissioner Blair, Aye; Commissioner Boen, Aye; Commissioner Frane, Aye; Commissioner Hance, Abstain; Commissioner Hutchison, Nay; Commissioner Kritzler, Aye; Commissioner Pokorny, Aye; and Commissioner Smith, Aye. The motion passed.
    2. Removing the Requirement that an Ordinance becomes effective twenty days after publication
      Mr. Genellie then presented information about this issue. He explained that occasionally the delay causes problems when trying to expedite an ordinance change. He also explained that the City Council would retain the ability to set any effective date they wished on any ordinance.
          Commissioner Boen moved and Commissioner Frane seconded the motion to approve amending the Charter to eliminate the twenty-day waiting period.
          A poll of the vote was as follows: Commissioner Blair, Nay; Commissioner Boen, Aye; Commissioner Frane, Aye; Commissioner Hance, Aye; Commissioner Hutchison, Nay; Commissioner Kritzler, Aye; Commissioner Pokorny, Aye; and Commissioner Smith, Aye. The motion passed.
    3. The Commission set its next meeting for February 12, 2002 at 6:30 pm.
  7. Adjournment
    Commissioner Smith moved and Commissioner Frane seconded the motion to adjourn. The meeting adjourned by unanimous consent.