110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Jen Horton
posted May 2, 2014 - 10:38:01am
DeLand voters will be asked this fall whether they want to legalize palmettos, the native plants that look like ground-level palm trees and grow wild nearly everywhere in Florida.
Currently, DeLand’s charter gives the city the power to require that lots be free of "trash, refuse, weeds, palmetto and other wild growth."
Removing the palmetto prohibition is one of a handful of changes voters will be asked to make to the foundational document that sets the rules for how DeLand city government works. The proposed change will be presented to voters as one question — an all-or-nothing change.
Another proposal would reduce from four to three the number of consecutive unexcused absences a City Commission member may have before being booted out of office.
A third proposed change would make it a firing offense for a member of the City Commission to tell a city employee what to do, or to otherwise make a request of a public employee — unless it's a public-information request. Violating the rule could cause the commissioner to lose his or her elected position.
The proposed charter changes will appear as one question on DeLand voters’ Tuesday, Aug. 26, ballot.
The suggestions for changing the charter came from a five-member committee appointed by the City Commission in January to comb through the city's 130-year-old charter to make sure its provisions and language are still relevant.
The charter provides for such a review every eight years. One of the proposed changes would make that every 10 years.
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