City Government Change Committee Debates Term Limits

Published 09/27 2016 08:31PM

Updated 09/27 2016 08:31PM

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The committee charged with recommending how the new city council should operate talked about term limits today.

Voters decided that the city's ward system should be scrapped and the council should be made up of six people, elected on an at-large basis, plus a voting mayor.

Today, the ad hoc committee looking into the details of making that happen considered whether or not the new city rules should limit the number of times a council member could be elected.

(Dave Lehner, Minot City Council Member) "The majority of my fourth term will be done next June, and I think there should be a term limit, personally. I think it should be two terms."

(Shannon Straight, Minot City Council Member) "I agree that I have no desire for any other politics, and I think term limits - it's a great idea."

(Scott Knudsvig, Ad Hoc Committee Member) "If you term limit people out, you're not going to have enough involved interested parties to run for the spots."

(Dr. Stephan Podrygula, Minot City Council Member) "If you limit terms of elected officials, that necessarily gives more influence to the non-elected officials - the members of the civil service or the employees in general. So again, for me I would encourage us to keep with the current term limits we have, which are called elections."

No vote was taken on the term limit question.

But the committee did decide that the top three vote-getters in next year's city election would enter the council with three-year terms, while the fourth through sixth vote-getters would serve for one year before neededing to run for re-election.

All of the committee's decisions will go to the full city council for final decisions.

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