10/11/2013Dunwoody Charter Commission Final Report
Dunwoody Charter Commission
Charter Commission, “Commission,” reviewed the City of Dunwoody Charter
from May through September, 2013 reviewing each Charter Section in
linear order, first to last, to avoid missing any Section. We adopted
the 'rule of finality,' thus assuring once a matter was decided it could
not come up for reconsideration without compelling new evidence to
support a change. That rule was applied to Commissioners and Public
The City Clerk publicized and advertised all meetings
according to applicable Open Meetings laws. Commission meetings were
open to the public and we encouraged involvement by providing larger
meeting facilities, as needed. Public comments are shown in Appendix
The Commission adopted Rosenberg's Rules of Order, an
abbreviated, yet robust form of Robert's Rules of Order, especially
suited for work-groups. This change enabled the Commission to
effectively run its' meetings without any member having deep knowledge
of Robert's Rules of Order.
graph at left numerically depicts all “presentments” and those that are
included as recommended changes to the Charter. This report presents
these changes in order of importance, as agreed by the Commission.
observations are clear to the Commission for future Charter Review. We
recommend that one or two public meetings are held to educate the
public on the scope of Charter Commission business. Early into our
process we observed that many citizens were speaking at our meetings
about topics that were not under the purview of the Commission.
well, Charter Review's ought to occur independently of any City
election to avoid undue political influence to the process. We
researched Palm Coast, Florida, incorporated 1999, to find their Final
Report is due well in advance of any City elections.
the Review process benefited the City of Dunwoody by focusing attention
to the need for better and more frequent communication between the City,
elected officials, and the public. The City of Dunwoody is currently
contemplating its first ever 'Town Hall,” without any Charter changes.