Charter Commission Meets Monday March 7th at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers
Agenda Includes Possible Elimination Of Neighborhood Council Seats, Ending Municipal Control Of Stanley Golf Course With A “Golf Authority”
A newly established Charter Commission will meet Monday, March 7th, at 7 p.m. at New Britain Council Chambers to begin considering changes to the city’s governing document that has not been revised since 2002. It will mark the first meeting when residents may learn more and weigh in on a broad and potentially controversial that includes changing the method of electing City Council members and a new “authority” that would end municipal control of Stanley Golf Course.
The Stewart administration sought and obtained Council approval for the following to be considered:
- Making the Tax Collector and Town Clerk appointed instead of by elected offices chosen by popular vote;
- Change the Mayor’s term from two to four years;
- Change the Common Council election to replace one-person, one vote to a “minority representation” system;
- Remove provisions related to board and commission that are “unnecessary” and replace with reference to existing boards and commissions.
- Include a compensation plan for non-union appointed and elected officials;
- Include provisions to establish a “Golf Authority” to oversee all operations of Stanley Golf Course.
The Commission meeting and hearing is at New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street.
Larson, Esty Meet Up With New Britain and College Dems At Elmer’s Place, 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 7th
1st District Congressman John Larson, an alumnus of Central Connecticut State University, will hold a Larson for Congress event at Elmer’s Place, 1433 East Street on Monday, March 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. with CCSU College Democrats. Joining Cong. Larson will be Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) and members of New Britain’s Democratic Legislative delegation. College Democrats are led by Junior Wyatt Bosworth who is a new member of the city Democratic Town Committee from District 11.
Larson, a former history teacher, is a 1971 graduate of CCSU who was elected to the state senate from his East Hartford district serving as the CT State Senate President before being elected to Congress.
“Save The Vote!” Rally Is Wednesday, March 9th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at City Hall
Concern Over Closing Polling Places On Eve Of Presidential Election
A coalition of community and civic organizations will hold a “Save The Vote!” rally on Wednesday, March 9th, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in front of New Britain City Hall, 27 West Main Street.
A Council resolution backed by the Stewart Administration and Republican Registrar of Voters Peter Gostin are moving quickly to reduce voter access to polling places for this November’s Presidential election and eliminate neighborhood representation from the City Council.
The plan takes direct aim at two polling places in the central part of the city — the Graham and School Apartment polling places — where many African-American, Hispanic and older residents live. Also under consideration is the elimination of three additional polling places. Since voting district changes normally only occur after a once-every-ten-year census, the unusual timing of these proposed changes have raised concerns.
At the same time, a charter revision process has begun that will consider changes to the way the City Council is elected, including consideration of the long-standing Republican objective to return the city Council elections to the all at large format that had resulted in previous City Councils that were unrepresentative. After reforms approved in 2002 that made two-thirds of the City Council elected by neighborhood districts, the Council immediately became more diverse and representative of the city. In February the Democratic Town Committee unanimously approved a resolution opposing voting place changes on the eve of the 2016 election and objecting to any move to eliminate city council districts.
If you would like more information, please contact Town Chair Bill Shortell at (860) 833-6123 or email at Newbritaindemocrat@gmail.com.
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