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Tuesday night, the Century Council held open public hearings and unanimously approved the first reading of three ordinances that amend the town’s charter by putting them in the town’s policies and procedures for ease of operations. These ordinances will appear on the November 5 ballot because they are currently in the town’s charter.

The town’s charter is about 40 years old and recent infrastructure necessities, such as emergency approval for well parts and repair, have prompted town personnel to consider amending the charter to ease operation and maintain infrastructure in the town.

The first ordinance removes the request and receipt of bids, contract awarding and money amounts to be approved by the council and ‘adopts ordinances, policies and procedures that shall govern town bidding, contracting, purchasing and expenditures.’

The second ordinance amends the charter to expand the mayor’s powers for hiring and firing employees, although the council will still have approval.

The third ordinance proposes a charter clean-up amendment, which ‘amends the Town of Century Charter to correct scriveners and codification errors, and to conform charter provisions to the requirements of the Florida Election Code.’

The three ordinances will appear as questions 1, 2 and 3 on the ballot. Voters will mark ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to ‘Shall the above-described amendment be adopted?’

An approval of the ordinances at the second reading at the next council meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, will secure them on the November 5 ballot for voters to decide.

“That was 40 years ago and things are way different now,” said Councilwoman Alicia Johnson. “And we can’t change that without going to the voters to say can we change that. But if it was in policies and procedures then the council decides if we can change it.”