VERNON -- Vernon's charter review committee is poised to submit its recommended revised charter by early next month.
Chairman Byron Biddle said the committee will utilize the final charter review committee meeting, to be held Thursday, Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 2808 Yellow Jacket Drive, to review all of the recommended amendments the committee has made to the charter.
For the review, he said, the committee used a rewritten city charter Biddle wrote about 10 years ago.
"That's the basis we worked from to form the new charter," he said. "We will have another meeting to review everything we've done. Then, we'll vote on giving it to the council, and then our work will be done."
The committee plans to submit the proposed charter to the council at a regular meeting to be held at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m.
"I think it's significant because it changes the old charter and gets rid of a lot of stuff in the old charter that is not legal today," he said regarding how confident the committee is with submitting its recommendations.
He cited a part of the current charter that requires City employees to live within city limits.
"That's not the case anymore," he added. "They don't have to live in the city. That would have been against the personnel policy."
Another change the committee is seeking for approval involves the organization of the city council. At last week's charter review meeting, the committee voted to recommend that the council become a five-member council with the mayor serving as a council member, Biddle said.
"We thought that would be a more efficient form of government to do it that way," he said. "Plus, it would save quite a bit over four years."
Currently, council members and the mayor are each paid $300 a month. The recommended revision could potentially save the City about $3,600 annually.