Charter Commission Minutes

February 12, 2002

The Hopkins Charter Commission met on February 12. 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 was also present.

  1. Call To Order
    The meeting was brought to order at 6:30 pm.
  2. Approval of Minutes for February 5, 2002
    Commissioner Blair moved and Commissioner Smith seconded a motion to approve the minutes of February 5, 2002. The Commission voted unanimously to approve the minutes.
  3. Communications
    None
  4. Old Business
    1. Establishment of the Police Review Committee
      Commissioner Smith moved and Commissioner Frane seconded the motion to approve Resolution 2002-01 recommending that the City Council adopt Ordinance 2002-867 amending the Charter to add a Police Review Committee.
      Commissioner Blair requested that the City Council be informed that several commissioners preferred simply abolishing the Civil Service Commission.
          Commissioner Hance had a question concerning the hiring procedures in the Police Department. Were there any requirements for the procedures used to hire employees other than those outlined in the Civil Service Commission rules? Mr. Genellie provided a copy of a section of the Minnesota Rules that mandated procedures for the hiring of police officers.
          After some further discussion, the question was called. 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.
          Removing the Requirement that an Ordinance becomes effective twenty days after publication.
          Commissioner Smith moved and Commissioner Boen seconded the motion to approve Resolution 2002-02 recommending that the City Council adopt Ordinance 2002-869 amending the Charter to eliminate the twenty-day waiting period after an ordinance is published for it to become effective.
          Commissioner Hutchison argued that there should be a period of time between the date an ordinance is published and when it takes effect. Mr. Genellie responded that there were often times when the delay was unnecessary. He used the example of the Pawnshop ordinance. This ordinance only affects one business and that business was consulted during the process of creating the ordinance. A waiting period for the purpose of the licensee to become aware of the ordinance is not necessary. He also explained that the City Council would retain the ability to set any effective date they wished on any ordinance. For example, if the City Council adopts an ordinance limiting the number of vehicles that a household can have parked outside, the Council may want to have a waiting period greater than twenty days before the ordinance becomes effective.
          After some further discussion, the question was called. 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.
  5. New Business
    1. The Commission set its next meeting for April 29, 2003 at 6:30 pm.
  6. Adjournment
    Prior to adjournment it was announced that Commissioners Pokorny and Smith were completing their second terms on the Commission. They were thanked for their participation. Commissioner Smith moved and Commissioner Hutchison seconded the motion to adjourn. The meeting adjourned by unanimous consent.