The Grandview Heights Charter Review Commission completed its review of the document at its 12th meeting on May 20.

The Grandview Heights Charter Review Commission completed its review of the document at its 12th meeting on May 20.

The commission reached consensus on several more recommendations to amend the charter.

The group agreed to recommend revising the charter section regarding the board of control to state the board's role and responsibilities.

The revised section would read "The Mayor, Director of Finance and President of Council shall constitute the Board of Control, which shall review and approve contracts for purchases which exceed the dollar thresholds established by Council and shall have the powers and duties imposed upon boards of control of cities by State law or by City ordinance."

The current charter section regarding the board of control lists the membership and simply states the board "shall have the powers and perform the duties imposed upon boards of control of cities by State law or by City ordinance."

The charter commission's discussion regarding the board of control, held over multiple meetings, focused in part on whether the board should exist at all.

At the May 20 meeting, commission member Don Ruben suggested the board of control section should be eliminated.

"We already have these protections in our document," he said. "I think it's extraneous. Taking it out would be an improvement of the charter. Most communities don't have it" in their charter.

But member Ron Harris said the board of control provision should be retained because it provides another check and balance on local government.

The section needs to be enhanced because as written it is confusing, he said.

In other business, the commission agreed to recommend removing the existing section regarding ethics in government and substitute a text based on the provision that is in the city of Dublin's charter.

The new section would state that "Unless otherwise provided in this Charter or by Council, the laws of the State of Ohio pertaining to conflicts of interest, criminal misbehavior, ethics, and financial disclosure by municipal officials and employees, and campaign financing and other election practices of candidates for municipal office shall apply under this Charter."

The current ethics section of the charter does not cite state law as the standard.

It states instead that city officers and employees shall not "have any interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with or for the city or be interested directly or indirectly in the sale to the city of any thing of value." It also states that they cannot accept in connection with their duties "any gratuity of substantive value or commit any theft of Municipal property."

"The good thing about having state law as opposed to our own is that there would be case law" to support the standards, commission member Dustin Metz said.

The commission also agreed to recommend adding a new section titled "Other Boards and Commissions."

The new section would state that "Council shall have the authority to create, modify and dissolve additional boards and commissions as may be necessary, including defining the number of members, qualifications, powers and duties of such boards and commissions."

The commission will also recommend a revision of the organization of the charter.

The recommendation is to organize the charter into 11 chapters, each of which has various subsections.

The commission held a public meeting May 22 to give residents a chance to comment on their proposed recommendations.

The group will schedule a final meeting to proofread its proposals and make a final vote to pass the recommendations to city council. The recommended charter amendments must be forwarded to council by June 30.

The public will also be able to give its input during council's consideration of the proposed amendments.

Council will decide whether to place any of the proposed amendments on the November 2008 ballot. All proposed amendments would be included in one ballot measure.

The proposed charter amendments are available for viewing on the city's Web site,