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Council sets guidelines for board terms

Start dates, uniform term lengths set

October 5, 2010
By ANNE BLANKENSHIP Daily Freeman-Journal Managing Editor

Ordinances passed Monday night by the City Council of Webster City will bring some uniformity to the city boards and committees, setting similar lengths of terms and start dates.In a council memo, Mayor Janet Adams and City Manager Ed Sadler said the City Council recently examined all the ordinances pertaining to the current boards and committees. "What was found was the differences between the various boards and commissions was immense and as a result of theses differences, it made it very difficult to not only keep track of, but in some cases, very difficult to obtain volunteers to serve," Sadler said.The memo also explained that the boards also differed in the number of members, how they were appointed and terms varied in length from one year to six years. Terms also expired at different times of the year.Not all of the boards and commission can be made exactly the same, according to Sadler, but where it is possible, the committee or board will have five members, the terms will begin on June 1 and will be four years in length.



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