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Weld County leaders move forward with charter committee talks

Catherine Sweeney
csweeney@greeleytribune.com

Weld County officials Monday morning scheduled a hearing to discuss whether they will create a charter committee that could potentially disband the Weld County Council.

At the beginning of the month, a handful of county commissioners discussed forming the committee that would allow a group of residents to study the county's charter — essentially, its constitution — raise issues, and ultimately recommend putting those issues to a public vote.

Residents will get a chance to sound off on the proposal during a meeting Sept. 21.

One of the commissioners' main reasons for forming the committee: The Weld County Council, a group that's meant to act as a watchdog over other elected officials, publicly discussed disbanding itself.

"Obviously, they can't do that," Commissioner Mike Freeman said during a work session Monday morning. "It would require a vote of the people."

Any major changes to an elected official's job description would be authorized only in a charter change, and charter changes are authorized only if voters sign off on it.

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Leaders also pointed to timing as a reason for organizing a committee.

"Every so often, it makes sense to look at the charter," Freeman said. "It's been 15 years since the charter was really looked at."

Officials haven't made any officials decisions, but they're thinking the group would have nine members, and some of the positions would be tied to the four county districts.

"I definitely would like to see how we can make sure we have representation from across the county," Freeman said.

Officials also discussed potential members' political affiliations.

"There's going to be some partisan (issues at hand), too," Commissioner Steve Moreno said. "You need Republicans and Democrats."

If after the Sept. 21 meeting residents want a charter committee, officials believe they would draft a resolution to detail how the committee would be formed, and in a subsequent meeting, they'd vote to adopt it.

What’s next?

The Board of Weld County Commissioners will discuss forming a charter committee and gauge public support for it during a regular meeting at 9 a.m. Sept. 21 in the county’s administration building, 1150 O St.