Hilliard residents will be asked in November via a charter-amendment ballot issue to choose between the city’s current “strong-mayor” model of government or a change to a city manager.
Hilliard City Council voted 5-1 on Monday, May 14, to send the proposed amendment to the Nov. 6 general-election ballot.
Council President Albert Iosue was the lone dissenter and council Vice President Kelly McGivern was absent.
Prior to the vote, Tracy Bradford, the city's law director, reviewed a list of nonsubstantive amendments to the authorizing legislation, primarily for clarity and word choice, which council members accepted.
Councilman Nathan Painter proffered another amendment to create a line of succession in the event voters approve the charter amendment and Mayor Don Schonhardt, whose term does not expire until Dec. 31, 2019, leaves office for any reason.
The amendment calls for the council president to serve as mayor in that case.
If the president cannot or will not serve as mayor, the members of council shall elect an acting mayor from among them, and if no council members can or will serve, a director shall be appointed as mayor, according to the amendment.
Council members did not discuss the matter before voting, and no residents attending the meeting publicly commented.
Read the full story in the May 17 edition of the ThisWeek Hilliard Northwest News.