Wellington forum Tuesday targets village charter

Wellington residents have their chance Tuesday night to suggest ideas and offer their opinions about what changes should be made to the village charter.

The public forum begins at 7 p.m. at Wellington Village Hall on Forest Hill Boulevard.

The charter is Wellington’s core governing document. It is akin to a constitution, in that it dictates how village government operates and what powers its elected officials have.

An appointed task force of five residents has been analyzing the charter since this past summer, with the intent of recommending changes that the Village Council will consider later this year and that voters might decide on next March.

Initial recommendations for changes and additions to the charter include: instating mandatory reviews of council members’ salaries, modifying how council vacancies are filled and recognizing and protecting the geographic boundaries of the equestrian preserve area.

Other topics the board has discussed include whether the village should do away with the Acme Improvement District and whether voters should decide if the village’s police and fire operations are ever administered by any agency other than Palm Beach County.

Wellington Council members might be in attendance Tuesday and participate in the discussion, according to a public notice.

Any recommendations the task force brings to the council would need support from four of the five council members.

Any proposals that clear that hurdle would then be placed on the March 2016 ballot for voters to consider.

In order for the charter to be amended, a referendum measure needs support from more than half of the voters in an election.

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