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Charter Review

May 27, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
When voters in the city of Wheeling seated a Charter Review Board back in the early 1990s, those on the board had no idea what they were in for and neither did the media. I covered those charter review board meetings -- they were open to the public -- and recalled learning a vast lesson in political science and the nature of people. Meetings often went well past their intended length only because the people involved cared enough to do it right. It was without a doubt one of the most professional and diligent efforts of a government body I had witnessed to date in this business. Then City Solicitor Paul Boos was meticulous in his legal research and opinions on what the board could and could not do by law. He was the leading expert on the process and he is missed after his untimely death. There are still a few members of the original Charter Review Board in the Friendly City while others have died or moved on. If the new mayor is serious about his desire to have the charter reviewed once again, I will remind everyone that it is a lengthly, time-consuming and very satisfying endeavor when everyone works together. Change, if recommended by the board, will take time. The citizenry is involved every step of the way from deciding whether a review is warranted, to selecting the charter review board members to approving or disapproving the proposed new charter. I sit back with great anticipation of the future plans for Wheeling. Stay tuned.


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