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Near Westside Public Meeting - Cleveland City Council – 2009 Ward Redistricting Process
Submitted by briancummins on Fri, 02/20/2009 - 20:27.
2008 Charter Review Commission’s policy recommendation to create Neighborhood Development, Planning and Service Districts
In addition to the meeting announcement above, I have called on my colleagues, as well as Mayor Jackson’s Administration, to pursue deliberations that would lead the City of Cleveland to adopt the 2008 Charter Review Commission’s policy recommendation to create Neighborhood Development, Planning and Service Districts. Here is an excerpt of my communication which is provided as an attachment:
Additionally, here is the Charter Review Commission’s policy recommendation in full:
CITY OF CLEVELAND
PART II RECOMMENDED POLICY CONSIDERATIONS EXCERPT – 3rd of 3
Recommendations. POLICY RECOMMENDATION #3 (Proposal #139)
The Charter Review Commission recommends to City Council, as a companion proposal to any reduction in the number of City Council ward representatives, the creation of Neighborhood Development, Planning and Service Districts, which should be constituted and operate more or less as described in points (1) through (4) below. To the extent that any Charter revision is determined to be required for this proposal to be enacted, the Commission recommends the submission of that revision to the voters at the same time as such a reduction in City Council representatives.
(1) The Council should establish, by ordinance, Neighborhood Development, Planning and Service Districts in the City. Each district should consist of undivided, contiguous wards and contain mo more than one-fifth (1/5) of the total residential population of the City, as determined by the most recent decennial U.S. Census.
(2) Each Neighborhood Development, Planning and Service District should be represented by a district commission consisting of the members of Council representing the wards located in the district as ex officio members; a district resident or business proprietor representing each bona fide nonprofit community association located in the district selected by each association; and additional district residents chosen by the voters of the district as Council determines. Bona fide nonprofit community associations in a district should be determined through standards established by ordinance of Council. Each district commission should hold a regular monthly meeting at a location in the district, with notice of the place and time for the meetings provided to all district residents. Commission members should serve without pay, provided however that Council might authorize the reimbursement of expenses incurred by commission members in the performance of their official duties up to a maximum amount per member per year as determined by the Council.
(3) The City departments that provide direct services, such as safety, community and economic development, recreation, utility, community relations, code enforcement and right-of-way services, to residents or businesses throughout the city should be required by ordinance to prepare an annual service plan for each Neighborhood Development, Planning and Service District. Each annual service plan should include an organizational table identifying the City employee or employees in each service department with direct authority and supervisory responsibility for the provision of services within each district. To the maximum feasible extent, each service department should be required to adopt an administrative structure consistent with, and responsive to, the Neighborhood Development, Planning and Service Districts. The Mayor should submit the annual service plan to each district commission by no later than November 30th of each year. Each district commission should conduct a public review and evaluation of the annual service plan, including conducting at least one public hearing in the district with the time and place of the hearing advertised in a newspaper of general circulation in the district. Based on this review and evaluation, each district commission should submit written comments on the annual service plan to Council within 60 days of receipt of the annual service plan from the Mayor.
(4) In addition to the review and evaluation of annual service plans, each district commission should monitor implementation of the plan and the general delivery of services by City departments in their district; receive and investigate complaints or recommendations from district residents and businesses regarding City services; and recommend legislation or administrative policy measures to improve service by City departments to their district. The director of a City department, or a person designated by the director, should be required to attend each commission meeting at which his or her presence is requested.
Reason: If Council decides to place an issue on the ballot to change the size of City Council, then the Commission recommends that the Council consider this recommendation to establish Neighborhood Service Districts to improve government services to the City’s neighborhoods.
Vote: Yes: 10; No: 0; Abstain: 4