by Lisa Tome
Officials in Rising Sun are looking to make big changes to the way the town operates.
One of the largest changes would be to eliminate the elected position of mayor. Instead, they would have five elected town commissioners. In turn, those commissioners would choose the mayor from among themselves.
On Tuesday, November 12, Town of Rising Sun Resolutions 2013-15, 16, 17, and 18 will be introduced.
"We have a weak mayor. We would go to five commissioners and no (elected) mayor," explained Commissioner George Walker who said he and Commissioner Travis Marion have discussed introducing these changes for a while.
Walker also said that the new form of government would provide more consistency in the way the town operates.
Resolution 2013-15 - This resolution converts the position to mayor to a voting commissioner. This resolution also changes the terms of office to four-year terms.
Resolution 2013-16 - This resolution would change the charter to remove the type of government from weak mayor to commission government.
Resolution - 2013-17 - This would make appropriate charter changes which would make the charter agree with the new form of commission government.
Resolution - 2013-18 - This resolutions changes definitions contained in the charter.
The Tuesday, November 12 meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at town hall. Residents who want to learn about the changes are encouraged to attend.
The complete story will appear in the November 12 edition of The Herald.