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Callaway Reevaluates Charter Changes

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Commissioners from the City of Callaway withdrew their decision, Tuesday, to put small changes to the city charter on the upcoming ballot.

This comes about a month after they voted 3-2 to go ahead with drafting an ordinance showing a revision.

Many citizens showed up to the meeting to voice their opinions of the change, many saying the changes aren't thorough enough.

"I think a lot of people would get a lot of satisfaction and value out of a slower process," said Chip Daube, Callaway Citizen. "It's not that any of these changes are bad or don't nee to be done, but perhaps not quickly."

 "This is an important document with long term effects on the city of Callaway there is no reason for rush the presented revised charter to a vote without lengthy, informative, and open involvement from the citizens of Callaway," said Jean Shampoo.

The proposed changes to the charter include small updates like date changes and position description updates.

Most of the citizens agreed with those changes, but wanted to see deeper things addressed like commission member term limits and finance director responsibilities.

Citizens felt that they didn't have enough time or input before the changes were brought up.

Initially some members of the commission thought it would be good to go ahead and get the charter up to date, while they were working on those bigger changes, but after hearing from constituents, they decided to step back.

"I don't want it to seem like were trying to push something.. Really we're trying to do the right thing," said Commissioner David Otano. "I have been getting a lot of emails a lot of phone calls so.. I changed my mind and think we really just need more input from the citizens and to see what else needs to go in it"

From here, they will start looking into the options of forming citizen charter revision committee before drafting a new set of changes.