Want to serve on Hilliard's charter-review commission? Keep reading to find out how.

Hilliard City Council President Nathan Painter said he wants diversity on the 11-member charter-review commission he hopes is in place by July 1.

"I want to see minorities and young adults," Painter said.

The commission is required to have representatives from each of the city's four wards . Painter said he wants a variety of political parties represented, too.

City Council will accept applications through April 17 for residents interested in serving on the commission.

Residents must submit resumes and letters of interest to City Council via clerk Lynne Fasone. The documents may be mailed or delivered in person to Fasone at 3800 Municipal Way or sent by email to lfasone@hilliardohio.gov.

City Council members on March 13 approved resolutions creating the charter-review commission and establishing guidelines for its conduct.

The charter-review commission will consist of the mayor or the mayor's designee, a member of City Council and nine members appointed by a majority vote of City Council, according to the authorizing resolution. Two alternates also will be selected.

A quorum of six members will be required to meet officially.

Mayor Don Schonhardt and his proxy would not be able to alternate attendance.

The mayor would have to attend every meeting as his schedule allows, or his chosen proxy would have to attend every meeting he or she could, according to Painter.

Likewise, City Council members will choose among themselves for a representative, and that person will serve on the commission as a voting member.

The nine appointed members must be registered voters who live in the city limits and will serve without compensation. They cannot hold any public office or be employed by the city.

The charter-review commission will convene its first meeting within 30 days of its appointment.

A City Council resolution naming nine members will be required, Painter said.

"We have no certain date in mind (to name members) but an aggressive date would be July 1."

The commission is tasked with reviewing the city charter and presenting its recommendations, if any, to City Council no later than 12 months from the date of the first meeting, according to the authorizing resolution.

City Council may submit any, all or none of the proposed amendments to voters.

City Council members previously have made known some of the discussions in which they believe the commission should engage.

They include whether Hilliard should have a city-manager form of government, whether City Council should be a mix of at-large and ward representatives, whether the city should step back from partisan elections and whether term limits should be reinstituted.

The commission being formed this year is a product of the last charter-review commission. The charter was amended in 2009 based on recommendations received from the review commission in 2007. One requirement was to convene a charter-review commission at least every 10 years.

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