Frisco initiatives address housekeeping
FRISCO<Most of the nine issues on Frisco1s April ballot are housekeeping measures<cleaning up and updating town ordinances. Other questions include open space and the removal of council members from office for cause.Open spaceQuestion No. 1 would add open space to a category of town property that can only be leased or sold by a vote of the people. Currently, only park property is protected in this capacity. If passed, open space also would be protected, although the council would have the option to grant licenses, permits or easements on either type of property without a vote.Taxes, securities and improvement districtsQuestions No. 2 through 4 are for housekeeping purposes, town officials said. Although the town has been abiding by the state law, the town charter is not yet up to date. These would make the town1s charter consistent with state constitutional requirements.Ordinance and master plan reviewWhile question No. 5 also is a housekeeping measure, it does not pertain to any compliance issues. By reviewing ordinances every five years instead of four, town staff would have more time to get through the review process before starting it all over again. Similarly, by changing the master plan review to every five years instead of three, there would be more time to implement the work plan that arises after the master plan is adopted, said community relations director Linda Lichtendahl.ElectionsQuestion No. 6 would allow the town clerk the authority to contract with the Summit County Clerk for coordinated elections. Again, this is to bring the town into compliance.ReferendumQuestion No. 7 allows a grace period of sorts, during which citizens may petition an ordinance passed by vote before it goes into effect. Under current law, an ordinance must be published after it is passed by town council and it becomes part of the town charter five days after publication, said deputy town clerk Jo-Anne Tyson. There is no opportunity to petition a law before it goes into effect.If passed, question 7 would allow citizens to notify town staff of their intent to petition an ordinance. Such notice would provide a 30-day period<allowing the possibility of repealing the new ordinance before it goes into effect.Official publicationsThe main issue behind question No. 8, Helton said, is that it would reduce costs to the town. Until now, all ordinances and notice of town meetings and public hearings have been published in local newspapers. If passed, this would allow the town clerk the option of using other forms of publication<such as the town Web site<to publish such information.Council vacanciesThe final question on Frisco1s ballot pertains to the removal of council members from public office. Reasons for removal include misconduct. Excessive absenteeism would then be defined as misconduct and, therefore, grounds for removal. The definition of excessive absenteeism<which would be incorporated in the town code and the town charter, Helton said<is if a council member misses four consecutive town meetings without excuse.Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or email@example.com
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