Hilliard City Council plans further discussion on which city charter-amendment proposals city voters will see on the ballot Nov. 5.

On April 22, council referred an ordinance that directs the Franklin County Board of Elections to place charter amendments on the ballot back to committee for further consideration, according to Council Clerk Lynne Fasone.

She said council's public safety and legal affairs committee is tentatively scheduled to meet at 5:45 p.m., Monday, May 13, at the Hilliard Municipal Building, 3800 Municipal Way. A meeting of the full council will follow at 7 p.m., she said, when the ordinance is scheduled for a second reading and public hearing.

However, new legislation might be introduced May 13 for charter amendments that council desires to be presented as separate ballot issues, Fasone said.

Those separate questions could include asking voters to amend the charter to end the city's primary elections for city council.

The existing ordinance likely would move forward and include multiple proposed amendments that would be presented as a single package that would pass or fail on the ballot, Fasone said.

The filing deadline is Aug. 7 for any charter-amendment issues to appear on the November ballot, according to the Franklin County Board of Elections.

In order to meet that deadline -- and allow all charter amendment legislation to receive three readings at regularly scheduled council meetings before council's summer recess -- any additional legislation must receive a first reading May 13, said Hilliard staff attorney Kelly Clodfelder.

Legislation to end primary elections in Hilliard -- among the many recommendations a Charter Review Commission submitted last year to council -- appears to have support.

"I am personally fine with it. (Political affiliation) is just a barrier," council member Nathan Painter said.

Councilman Andy Teater said the subject "is a good candidate" to be presented as a separate question on the ballot.

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