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Clearwater moves to restrict board membership to U.S.citizens



CLEARWATER ---You already have to be a Clearwater resident to sit on the city’s Community Development Board or Municipal Code Enforcement Board.

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, Mayor George Cretekos advanced a plan to require future members of those boards to be registered voters, too.

That would bar legal residents or non-citizens from sitting on those boards in the future, said City Attorney Pam Akin.

“That would be the group you would be precluding,” she said.

The council voted unanimously to direct Akin to prepare a new policy. It wouldn’t affect current members of either board.

The CDB handles most development issues for the city. The Code Enforcement Board has the ability to fine violators of city codes.

“They have authority to take actions for the citizens. They ought to be registered voters. They ought to be citizens,” Cretekos said on Friday.

Vice-Mayor Paul Gibson said at Thursday’s meeting that he had assumed anyone serving on those boards was already registered to vote.

“We shouldn’t assume. So I agree with it,” Gibson said.

[Last modified: Friday, August 2, 2013 5:33pm]


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