Charter amendments pass by wide margin

By Jonathan Delozier -

All seven amendments to Wellington’s village charter, which fell under issues 9 through 15 on the ballot, passed on Tuesday by majorities ranging from 75 to 85 percent

Issue 9 calls for a mayor or council seat replacement to be determined by voters and clarifies the length of time the replacement will serve.

If the vacancy has an unexpired term and occurs more than 40 days before the next election, the replacement would be voted on in that election unless the term ends within one year following the date of that election.

Issue 10 will delete outdated language and already expired transitional provisions in the original draft of the charter, such as measures taken during Wellington’s switch from employing a village treasurer to a village finance director.

Issue 11 clarifies that the mayor will never be considered a member of village council, even when breaking a tie in votes.

Issue 12 established a consistent chain of command among administrative departments, which charter commission treasurer Terry Mazzone said was needed due to some departments reporting to the mayor and some to the village manager.

Issue 13 lays the groundwork for a tax review board to be formed in the event Wellington’s population reaches 5,000, which would reclassify the village as a city. In the 2010 census, the population registered as 4,802.

Issue 14 states that charter nomination papers must be submitted at least 90 days prior to an election instead of 40. For a recall, the deadline to submit is now 40 to 90 days before the election, but not more than 120. This is meant to comply with county law.

Finally, Issue 15 raises the amount for public contract bidding from $25,000 to $50,000 in order to match state law contracting provisions.

Results are unofficial until certification from the Lorain County Board of Elections.

Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.

By Jonathan Delozier