Bigger government up for vote in Central
CENTRAL - Tuesday night, the city council in Central is set to discuss and vote on adding two more council members.
The ordinance, introduced by council member Wayne Messina, would establish a seven-member council with five elected from districts and two elected at-large. It would also appropriate about $6,000 for a demographer to draw new district lines.
Council members say after six public meetings they have received a lot of input from the public, yet there are still some things to discuss Tuesday.
The recommendation comes from a committee that reviewed the council in 2010 and again in 2014. The measure to increase the number of council members has been brought to a vote before but was vetoed by a previous mayor. This time, though, Mayor Jr. Shelton says he'll support whatever the council decides.
"Whatever the council comes out with, that's what we're going to go with," said Shelton. "I will not veto any ordinance."
At least two council members that spoke with WBRZ say they anticipate change, but are unsure if the ordinance will be passed as is or amended.
If changes are made to include districts a demographer would draw the districts in preparation for the 2018 election.
The council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Central School Board office on Joor Road.