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City of Chattanooga Municipal Charter Amendments

 

Ordinance No. 13192

Shall Ordinance No. 13192 to amend the Home Rule Charter of the City of Chattanooga be approved so as to amend the first sentence related to Section 3.1 of the Charter as written, which states as follows:

Section 3.1 – Eligibility for Office.
No person shall be eligible to any popularly elected office under City government to the extent that political activity by such person would interfere with state business prohibited by Tennessee or Federal law or otherwise result in any disqualification from taking office pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 2-19-201 through 2-19-208 under Tennessee or Federal law. No person shall have any interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with or franchise from the city while holding any popularly elected office under the city government. But stockholders in corporations having such relations with the city, may be eligible to membership on the city council, but shall not vote on or interfere directly or indirectly, with any matters or questions affecting a contract or franchise between such company and the city, or its right or duty under the same. If, while any person is holding any popularly elected office under the city government, such person shall cease to possess any or all of the qualifications, or become subject to any of the disqualifications herein prescribed, such person’s office shall thereby become immediately vacant. No person, while in arrears to the city for money collected, shall be eligible to any popularly elected office under the city government.

CERTIFICATION OF THE CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER
The proposed amendment shall not have a material impact upon the City’s finances.
Dated: 7/27/2020
Daisy W. Madison
City Finance Officer

 
Ordinance No. 13555 (Summary)

The Police Advisory and Review Committee is established pursuant to Council’s authority under Sections 13.44 and 13.49 of the Charter of the City of Chattanooga to provide for the safe tenure of officers on their jobs so long as they properly and efficiently fulfill the duties of their positions and pursuant to the Council’s authority under Section 16-43 of the Chattanooga City Code to ratify and adopt rules and regulations for the government and discipline of the police department. This Committee shall further have all powers of a Community Oversight Board consistent with Tennessee state law.

The purpose of the Police Advisory and Review Committee is to strengthen the relationship between the citizens of the City of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Police Department, to assure timely, fair and objective review of citizen complaints while protecting the individual rights of police officers, and to make recommendations concerning citizen complaints to the Chief of Police, the Mayor and to the Council.

Shall Ordinance No. 13555 to amend the Home Rule Charter of the City of Chattanooga be approved so as to create the Police Advisory and Review Committee, which states as follows:

Sec. 13.17. Title and Authority for the Police Advisory and Review Committee.
(a) There is hereby created the Police Advisory and Review Committee for the City of Chattanooga.
(b) The Police Advisory and Review Committee is established pursuant to Council’s authority under Sections 13.44 and 13.49 of the Charter of the City of Chattanooga to provide for the safe tenure of officers on their jobs so long as they properly and efficiently fulfill the duties of their positions and pursuant to the Council’s authority under Section 16-43 of the Chattanooga City Code to ratify and adopt rules and regulations for the government and discipline of the police department. This Committee shall further have all powers of a Community Oversight Board consistent with Tennessee state law.
(c) The purpose of the Police Advisory and Review Committee is to strengthen the relationship between the citizens of the City of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Police Department, to assure timely, fair and objective review of citizen complaints while protecting the individual rights of police officers, and to make recommendations concerning citizen complaints to the Chief of Police, the Mayor and to the City Council.
(d) The Committee shall have no authority to direct the Police Chief to alter or to impose any disciplinary action against any employee of the Chattanooga Police Department. In all cases, the Police Chief will be the final authority on case dispositions and discipline of police officers.

CERTIFICATION OF THE CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER
The proposed amendment shall not have a material impact upon the City’s finances.
Dated: 6/2/2020
DAISY W. MADISON
City Finance Officer

East Ridge

Ordinance No. 1133 (Summary)

Shall the East Ridge City Charter, Section 6-B(1), be amended so as to remove the city residency requirement of the City Judge and replace the residency requirement with Hamilton County, Tennessee, such that Section 6-B(1) would state as follows:

The City Judge shall be at least thirty (30) years of age and a person licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee, and shall, before his/her election, have been a resident of the State of Tennessee for five (5) years and a resident of Hamilton County, Tennessee, for at least one (1) year prior to his/her qualification for office.

Certification of the Chief Financial Officer
The proposed charter amendment to remove the residency requirement of the City Judge and replace the residency requirement with Hamilton County, Tennessee, will have no fiscal impact upon the city. Dated: 8/27/2020
Diane Qualls
City Finance Director

Retail Package Stores Referendum

To permit or deny retail package stores to sell alcoholic beverages in the City of East Ridge.