Oroville City Council looking into possible changes

A few suggestions have been made for Oroville City Council to look at changing their Charter.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 3:16 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Oroville City Council is looking into possibly making changes into their Charter.

The Charter is the requirements they follow to run the city of Oroville. 

Some of those rules and guidelines might be changing, one of the ideas was to look into making districts. 

Right now all Council members represent the entire city of Oroville and people who vote elected each City Council Member. 

If this change were to go through it would divide the city into districts. 

This would mean anyone who runs would have to own property and live in the district they want to represent. Councilman David Pittman said favors the idea of an at large situation where everyone would get to vote on who is on the council. 

Another idea that was suggested to talk about is the idea of reducing the number of City Council Members from seven to five. 

Mayor Chuck Reynolds said he is fine either way but does think it would be less complicated. 

Councilman David Pittman said the council might be more efficient with less people but added he is probably not in support of the idea because the city is growing. 

Councilman Art Hatley thinks because the size of the city it should stay seven people. 

Residents of Oroville had mixed opinions.

"I think it is good it saves money, get 5 people on the council and have them work together, they have to be able to work it out," Leland Rhyne who lives in Oroville said.

Curt Stokoe who lives in Oroville said he thinks that its a better idea.

"Fewer people to vote for, and if they don't do their job easier... to change than to 5," Stokoe said.

Kathy Rhyne added, "Well if you go less it makes decisions faster, however, the area is growing and you do need the voices."

The third suggestion would be to change from having a City Administrator to a City manager. 

This means the City Manager would have more control in making decisions and the power to hire and fire.

Before any of this is changes it would have to be looked into by Council Members, Mayor Chuck Reynolds says he does not want to rush this process. He wants to do research on the ideas before anything is proposed. 

The ideas would then need to be on a ballot and the decision would be up to the voters. 

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