City Council to Discuss Implementing Term Limits

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At the regular meeting of Milford City Council on Monday, April 8, 2013, Councilman Dirk Gleysteen suggested that council consider implementing term limits for council seats. Councilman Gleysteen began considering this after he learned that the election scheduled for April had been cancelled as there were no open seats contested.

“I began thinking about how we could get more people involved in our government,” Councilman Gleysteen stated. “As I see it, there are three possible reasons why no one ran against the candidates in this election. First, everyone loves us and the job we are doing. Second, there is too much apathy in the community. Third, because some council members and the Mayor have been in office for very long terms, people believe it is futile to contest someone who has been in office for 10, 20 or even 30 years. Since the first two reasons seem unlikely, I imagine the third may have something to do with it.”

Councilman Gleysteen was hoping to propose a term limit of eight years on council seats to generate new interest in running for city council at the April 8 meeting. However, City Attorney David Rutt informed Councilman Gleysteen that city council term limits were not included on the agenda. The agenda stated that council would discuss term limits on Planning Commission members only. For this reason, discussion regarding term limits could not be discussed at the meeting as it would be a violation of the Freedom of Information Act.

Council members agreed that to add the matter to the agenda for the April 22, 2013 meeting to allow for proper inclusion on the agenda.

City council elections were cancelled in February when the four open seats were uncontested. Councilman Gleysteen, Ward 2, Councilman Douglas Morrow, Ward 3 and Councilman James Starling, Ward 4, all incumbents, retained their seats, while Bryan Shupe replaced Councilman Steve Johnson, who did not run for re-election, in Ward 1.

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