Akron -- Silver Lake voters will be asked to consider three charter amendments at the polls Nov. 8.
Finalizing how the issues will be presented, the Summit County Board of Elections on Aug. 11 unanimously approved replacement ballot language as submitted by the village solicitor, Robert Heydorn.
Board Chairman William D. Rich said the language that was originally submitted "really did not inform the voters what they were voting on in any meaningful way." Rich said he and fellow board member Bryan C. Williams came up with more informative language. Board of Elections staff notified Silver Lake of the changes, he said, and Heydorn proposed the alternative language, "which I find to be good and I'm happy to support the use of," Heydorn said.
The ballot issues will be worded as follows:
/ Shall Section 7.01 of the Charter of the Village of Silver Lake be amended as proposed in Ordinance 47-2016 to provide that the Mayor, in addition to his other duties, shall continue to be, and perform the duties of, the Director of Public Safety, eliminating the provision that Council may establish a separate Director of Public Safety?
/ Shall Section 7.03 of the Charter of the Village of Silver Lake be amended as proposed in Ordinance 48-2016 to provide that the Chief of Police shall appoint other officers, patrolmen, and personnel of the Police Department with the concurrence of the Director of Public Safety?
/ Shall Section 9.01 of the Charter of the Village of Silver Lake be amended as proposed in Ordinance 49-2016 to provide that each member of the Park Board shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Council?
"The way they were originally presented by Council, it was simply we wanted to amend a section of the charter without identifying exactly how they were to be amended," Heydorn explained during the Board of Elections meeting. "So the Board of Elections said it is not showing how they are going to be amended, just that they will be. And so I'm fine with that."
See the Aug. 14 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.