Serious thought and deliberation as to what may be done to the 2019 amendments

Attorney Joel Foreman stated that the Town Council must resolve the issues the electors voted on in the 2019 election which will be discussed in the March Meeting.  

One of the amendments which passed but for which the former council did not change the charter nor pass an ordinance nor provide the State of Florida with a revised Town Charter was proposed by Attorney Logan under Section 2.02 (b) of the Charter of the Town of White Springs, Florida:

(b)  Election of Council Member.  The candidate for Council Member who receives a majority of votes cast for a specific seat shall be declared the winner thereof and elected to such seat.  In the event no candidate receives a majority of votes, a run-off election between the two candidates receiving the largest number of votes for that seat shall be held as provided for in Section 4.06 (a)

The aforementioned received 100 out of 156 total votes which is way more than necessary for a majority of 50% plus one.

What must be done is that since there are five council members, these council members will be numbered 1-5.

The candidates for office will have to determine which council post they are running for whether it be 1, 3, or 5 in even number of years or 2 and 4 in odd number of years.

 Even though this is an odd numbered year, Helen Miller’s former seat being one will have to be voted upon as well as council persons 2 and 4. 

The candidates will chose the seat they wish to run for.   The winner of the elections for seats 2 and 4 will hold office for a two year period.  The third winner with a lower number of votes will take Helen Miller’s seat or Number 1 and therefore only hold office for a one year period.

The second proposed amendment failed relating to changing the term of the council members from two years to four years by 84 being against.

The third proposed amendment pertaining to rules, minutes,etc. failed 75 for and 78 against.

The fourth amendment passed but in order for it to be valid since it pertained to a four year term which did not pass by the second amendment can’t be amended.

The fifth assumed the implementation of a four year term stating elections in 2019 and 2022.

The Sixth Amendment passed 90 to 69 vesting authority to the council to make boards.

The Seventh related to an appendix through the charter amendments because of boundary changes.

Attorney Foreman concluded relating to the 2019 Election Amendments that the council should be prepared to make a decision by next month’s meeting since the election is upon us.