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Posted on: October 4, 2018

6 Local Questions Appearing on the November 6, 2018 Ballot

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EXPLANATORY TEXT FOR LOCAL QUESTIONS ON

NOVEMBER 6, 2018 BALLOT

 

QUESTION 3.  

Shall elections for members of the Board of Education provide for staggered terms so that only 5 of 9 members are elected in one election year and only 4 of 9 members are elected in the next election year, alternating thereafter?


EXPLANATORY TEXT AS TO THE CONTENT AND PURPOSE

The proposed revisions to Bristol Charter Sec. 39 would stagger the terms of the nine (9) members of the Board of Education.  Beginning in 2019, five (5) members would be elected for a term of four (4) years while the other four (4) members would be elected to an initial two (2) year term.  Beginning in 2021, the four (4) members will be elected to a four (4) year term.  This would alternate the terms for the members of the Board of Education.


QUESTION 4.  

Shall a new Sec. 56 be approved to prohibit workplace harassment by elected and appointed officials?


EXPLANATORY TEXT AS TO THE CONTENT AND PURPOSE

The proposed amendments to Bristol Charter Sec. 56 would prohibit elected and appointed officials from engaging in workplace harassment.


QUESTION 5.  

Shall sewage disposal be removed as a responsibility of the director of public works and transferred to the water department?

 

EXPLANATORY TEXT AS TO THE CONTENT AND PURPOSE

The proposed changes to Bristol Charter Sec. 44(b) and Sec. 48A would transfer the responsibility of sewage disposal from the director of public works to the water department.

  

QUESTION 6.  

Shall a personnel committee be established as an advisory review panel, the title of the director of personnel be changed to director of human resources, and the director’s qualifications be removed from the Charter?

 

EXPLANATORY TEXT AS TO THE CONTENT AND PURPOSE

The proposed amendments to Bristol Charter Sec. 54 would change the name of the director of personnel to the director of human resources.  The qualifications for the director of human resources would be removed from the charter and established by ordinance.  The proposed revision would also create a personnel committee to review general personnel matters and serve as a nonbinding advisory review panel when there are personnel matters involving the mayor, a city council member, or the director of human resources.

 

QUESTION 7.  

Shall the name of the meeting between the City Council and Board of Finance be changed from joint board to joint meeting? 

 

EXPLANATORY TEXT AS TO THE CONTENT AND PURPOSE

The proposed technical revisions to Bristol Charter Sec. 25 would rename the joint board of the city council and board of finance as the joint meeting.  It would also clarify references to the board of finance, what constitutes a majority vote of the joint meeting, and the redefine the borrowing of money to include bonds, notes and other obligations.

 

QUESTION 8.  

Shall the procedures and authority for bonding be clarified to include bonds, notes, and other obligations?

 

EXPLANATORY TEXT AS TO THE CONTENT AND PURPOSE

The proposed technical revisions to Bristol Charter Sec. 4 would clarify a reference regarding the borrowing of money to include bonds, notes and other obligations.  The revisions would also eliminate references to certain procedures and authority concerning the issuance of bonds, notes and other obligations.

 

 

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