The idea of citizens making resolutions for their communities is a good one – democracy thrives on the involvement of those being governed. This is another way of making our voices heard.

As chairman of the Westlake Charter Review Committee for 2009, I could say that our committee of appointed citizens, representing the public - by hearing suggestions for improvements to our charter, considering them and them making recommendations to Council for its consideration to put on the ballot in 2010 – has been preparing resolutions for almost a year. This review committee is established every 10 years to ensure our charter is up to date in an ever-changing society.

Our committee members (David Volosin, Debra Calabrese, Diane Birchard, Gregory Seeley, James French, Jerry Musbach and Joseph Koncelik and Rick Keller) worked as representatives of Westlake residents to carefully consider all suggestions brought before them or generated by them to make our charter more comprehensive and in some cases clearer.

As required by the charter, our work will be done by the end of this month. Our final report will then be delivered to council so it can consider our recommendations for those it wishes to bring to you for your approval this Fall. In this way, as set by our charter, the voices of the people will be heard now, and we hope, in November too.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.11.2010