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Q. - How do I go about trying to get
a city ordinance changed or modified?
Answer - Generally, ordinances are not modified. If
an ordinance is to be "modified", it is actually replaced
with a new ordinance. Normally, matters that require ordinances are
brought forward by a council member or by the City Manager or his staff.
Like all other democratic entities in America, the City has a representative
form of government. A citizen who sees the need for a new ordinance
would be best advised to contact the member of the Council who represents
The Council Member might well suggest a meeting that would include
the citizen, staff, and the Council Member. If an ordinance seemed prudent,
staff would handle the details. Our staff would work with our City Attorney
to write an ordinance for presentation to the Council.
The City Charter provides for citizen initiatives to bring legislative
action to the voters. I believe this was conceived for situations where
a citizen does not believe that the Council is properly responsive to
the will of the citizens. This procedure is described in the City
Charter in 8.01 and 8.02.
Hal Richards, Mayor