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Mechanicville proposed code and charter changes

By Lombardo David
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mechanicville is in the process of modernizing its city’s code and charter.

“It’s bringing everything up to date,” said city Mayor Anthony Sylvester about the process, which is scheduled for final approval in October.

A copy of the proposed charter and code changes are available below.

Mechanicville Commissioner of Accounts Mark Seber said a major change to the charter is the process of appointing deputies, which currently require approval by the council. The new system would allow each commissioner to appoint their own deputy without council approval.

He added that the proposed changes do not include tweaks to the city’s commission style of government, which was a serious topic of discussion a few years ago. At that time, he said a report was commissioned that suggested it would be too expensive for the city to adopt a system with a city manager or a strong mayor.

“I am personally for changing the government,” Seber said. “I don’t think this is the best form of government, but people seem to be happy with it. There was no outcry.”

The next public hearing on potential code changes is Aug. 7 at the council’s regular meeting. Another hearing on the code will be held on Sept. 4 and a formal hearing will be held on Oct.2, when the council could approve the changes.

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