The public is encouraged to attend a June 3 hearing to suggest any changes regarding how the village operates according to its charter.

The public is encouraged to attend a June 3 hearing to suggest any changes regarding how the village operates according to its charter.

The Johnstown Charter Review Commission will host the public hearing beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, in the village council chambers.

Village manager Sarah Phillips said a Charter Review Commission is appointed every 10 years to review the document for changes or revisions. As a part of this process, the commission will hold a hearing to seek input from the public.

Joseph Ethier, a member of the Commission, said parts of the charter need to be examined as the town grows.

"We have been going over three or four changes, debating and investigating other communities and how they handle certain situations," he said. "In case the population becomes a city, how would it affect the charter? You have to look into a crystal ball 10 years out. As the town grows, what should be changed accordingly?"

The Village Charter Review Commission has been meeting once a month for the last several months to discuss possible changes.

In addition to Ethier, members of the group are James Hill, Larry Shafer, Carol Butt and David Keck.

A copy of the charter can be found on the village Web site, www.villageofjohnstown.org/ under the Codified Ordinance section.

It's also available for review at the village offices or the Mary E. Babcock Library.

The charter covers the powers of council, its terms and regulations and the process of filling vacancies.

It also details the powers of municipality, zoning ordinances, budgeting and contracting procedures, the legislative process, powers and duties of the village manager, elections, referenda and recalls, boards, commissions and committees, as well as municipal departments and personnel systems.

After the June 3 public hearing, the commission will submit to council any changes members propose to the charter, or submit that there are no changes proposed at this time.

If changes are proposed, they will be placed on the ballot in November for vote by the electors of the village.

The Johnstown Village Charter was adopted by voters on Nov. 4, 1997.

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