Several votes by Powell City Council this week were expected to finalize the issues voters will see on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Several votes by Powell City Council this week were expected to finalize the issues voters will see on the Nov. 8 ballot.

At their meeting Tuesday, July 17, council members were scheduled to vote to place a property tax levy request, as well as a number of updates and amendments to the City Charter, on the fall ballot.

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Several amendments to the City Charter, mostly housekeeping updates, were set to appear on the fall ballot pending approval.

One update would create a new policy to reprimand council members who break council rules or are frequently absent.

The amendment would allow council to expel a member engaged in disorderly conduct or who misses council meetings for two consecutive months or longer.

During a first reading of the amendments at the June 19 meeting, Mayor Richard Cline said residents are ill-served when a council member engages in absenteeism, even if he or she is absent due to illness, injury or some other emergency.

"I would support a flat rule that says absence for a certain period of time -- whatever time we pick, it doesn't matter what the reason is -- the seat is vacant," Cline said.

He suggested the two-month time frame could be tweaked before council votes.

Specific actions that would qualify as punishable "disorderly conduct" are yet to be determined, according to city spokesman Jeff Robinson.

Other charter updates slated to appear on the ballot, pending council approval, include amendments that would:

* Extend term lengths for members of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals from three to four years;

* Streamline rules for seeking and awarding contracts for public improvements;

* Establish a review of the charter at least once every 10 years;

* Clarify the procedure for the filing and consideration of a referendum on a city ordinance;

* Clarify the rights of council to discuss confidential information, including personnel matters, in private executive sessions; and

* Align the city's conflict of interest policy for city officials with corresponding state laws.

Council also was set to vote to place a 10-year, 1.8-mill property tax levy proposal, to be used for capital improvements, on the Nov. 8 ballot.

On July 17, the issue was expected to be approved unanimously by council members, who each approved the levy millage in June.

It is effectively a renewal of the city's existing parks levy, which expires next year. If passed, it wouldn't raise taxes.

The proposed levy would generate about $7.2 million over its 10-year duration. It would continue to cost taxpayers about $55.13 for every $100,000 in home property value, and collection wouldn't begin until after the old issue expires.

In other business, council was scheduled to vote on a law to curb "Dumpster diving."

If approved, the new law would prohibit picking through Dumpsters and trash cans set out at the curb.