Charter commission forming for review


By Kelsey Leyva - kleyva@civitasmedia.com



IN THE RUNNING

Fred Alspach

Daniel Swalina

Gregory Frenk

Allen Kimmich

David Levin

Terry Mazzone

Barbara O’Keefe

Lawrence Querin

Jeffrey Shelton

Harold Sumpter

Marilyn Wainio

Glenn Wetherbee

All but one of the 12 names voters will see in the Wellington charter commission race will be selected Nov. 3.

The top 11 vote-getters will spend the next five years reviewing the village’s bylaws and making written recommendations to council for revisions.

The dozen candidates were recruited by outbound mayor Barbara O’Keefe, who is also in the running.

The charter was created five years ago as the population crept closer to the 5,000 mark that would push Wellington from village to city status, said planning and zoning department coordinator Marla Lent.

The U. S. Census Bureau recorded 4,820 people in Wellington in 2013.

When the magic number is hit, the local government structure must change by Ohio statute — unless there is a charter in place.

About half of the people in the commission race served on the original committee that created the charter. A few reached out to the mayor and the rest were people she knew had a vested interest in the community, and so sought out.

Although O’Keefe spearheaded the creation of the charter commission, there isn’t anything specific she wants to change about the municipal code.

“I don’t have any preconceived notions about what we’re going to do,” she said. “There may be some issues that people want to bring up but I’m not aware of any of it ahead of time.”

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.

By Kelsey Leyva

kleyva@civitasmedia.com

IN THE RUNNING

Fred Alspach

Daniel Swalina

Gregory Frenk

Allen Kimmich

David Levin

Terry Mazzone

Barbara O’Keefe

Lawrence Querin

Jeffrey Shelton

Harold Sumpter

Marilyn Wainio

Glenn Wetherbee