Charter Review Committee

The Nassau Bay City Council appointed a Charter Review Committee to review and update the City Charter at the August 14th Council Meeting.

Committee Members:

Charlie Baumann, Gayle Nelson, Gary Mossman, John Haugen, and Raouf Farid

The Charter Commission is a temporary commission that reviews the entire Charter and puts any proposals for its amendment before the voters as a referendum. For information to the Citizens, the Charter is out of date with significant errors. In addition to changes that might be made during this most recent State Legislative Session, the City will need to incorporate those changes as well.

(A) Duties of the commission:

(1) Inquire into the operation of the city government under the charter provisions and determine whether any such provisions require revision. To this end public hearings may be held; and the commission shall have the power to compel the attendance of any officer or employee of the city and require the submission of any of the city records which it may deem necessary to the conduct of such hearing.

(2) Propose any recommendations it may deem desirable to ensure compliance with the provisions of the charter by the several departments of the city government.

(3) Propose, if it deems desirable, amendments to this charter to improve the effective application of the charter to current conditions.

(4) Report its findings and present its proposed amendments, if any, to the council.

(B) Action by the council: The council shall receive and announce that any report presented by the charter review commission is available for review by interested citizens during regular hours at city hall, shall consider any recommendations made, and if any amendments be presented as part of such report, may order such amendment or amendments to be submitted to the voters of the city in the manner provided by Chapter 13 of Title 28 of the Revised Civil Statutes of Texas, 1925, as now or hereafter amended.

(C) Term of office: The term of office of such charter review commission shall be six (6) months, and at the completion of such term a report shall be presented to the council, and all records of the proceedings of such commission shall be filed with the City Secretary and shall become a public record.

We are in the process of creating a meeting schedule for the Charter Review Commission.