Charter Review Commission discusses duties of Youngstown Council President

The commission decided not to change the responsibilities of Council President

The Charter Review Commission decided not to change the responsibilities of Youngstown City Council President.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Some Youngstown City Council members attended Tuesday night’s Charter Review Commission meeting at the Covelli Centre.

The commission decided not to change the responsibilities of Council President, and was considering making it a voting position.

It also decided to keep the number of wards at seven, but require candidates to be residents of a ward for at least one year before an election.

“If we’re not happy about the government we have and the elected officials, I would encourage people to run or encourage other people to run. Don’t change the structure of government if you don’t like the government you have right now,” said fourth ward Councilman Mike Ray, who is not on the commission.

It was considering creating at-large council positions, but decided against it. However, it may still allow council to determine its own salaries.

A public meeting on the charter is planned for 6 p.m. on June 28 at the Covelli Centre.

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