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Weld County commissioners seek applicants for charter review committee

Tyler Silvy

The Board of Weld County Commissioners is accepting applications from Weld residents to serve on an ad hoc charter review committee, according to a news release from Weld County.

The nine-member committee will be asked to review the county's home rule charter, the voter-approved governing document for Weld, and suggesting any proposed amendments to commissioners after a series of public meetings.

Weld is one of two Colorado counties that has a home rule charter. Adopted in 1975 by a vote of the people, the Weld County Charter has been amended 18 times, according to the release.

Weld residents interested in serving on the committee can find applications at http://www.weldgov.com or by contacting Karla Ford at kford@weldgov.com. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 21.

Commissioners will set up interviews beginning the week of Feb. 26.

Some residents feared the push for a charter review committee was a belated push to get rid of the county oversight board, the Weld County Council, which could have been eliminated in the November 2017 election.

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However, that is not supposed to be within the scope of the committee's work, according to the news release.

Instead, committee members are expected to represent areas across Weld, host public meetings and gather input from residents, ensure the charter meets the requirements of the Colorado Constitution, check the charter for obsolete items and draft language for any proposed amendments.

— Tyler Silvy covers government and politics for The Greeley Tribune. Reach him at tsilvy@greeleytribune.com. Connect with him at Facebook.com/TylerSilvy or @TylerSilvy on Twitter.

Charter review schedule

Jan. 31 — Application period opens

Feb. 21 — Application period closes

Feb. 26 — Charter Review Committee applicant interviews begin

July 20 — Language for proposed amendments to the charter due

August — Public hearings at Board of County Commissioner meetings

Sept. 7 — Ballot language due to the state