The LuLac Edition #185, March 26th, 2007
PICTURE INDEX: GOVERNOR ED SET TO DO SOME "SPLAIN'" AS RICKY RICARDO USED TO SAY ABOUT THAT WINTER STORM TUESDAY NIGHT, MARCH 27th, 8PM ON PCN.
ON THE CABLE
As a Wilkes-Barre City Charter Review Commission member and a Wilkes-Barre City Council candidate, I think it is important for not only the voters but all city council candidates to be aware of the duties, responsibilities and limitations of council members.
As with any other job, the employer and the employee should be familiar with the job description.
Wilkes-Barre has a strong mayoral form of government. City council is the legislative branch of the government. According to the city charter, city council essentially makes ordinances, approves or disapproves the budget and is the watchdog for the city government because they have the ability to conduct investigations, audits, or study the city’s affairs.
While city council’s duties are significant, their power is limited. They cannot hire police, firemen, or department of public works employees, have streets plowed or paved, have bridges fixed or enact clutter cleanup campaigns. These responsibilities belong to the mayor, who heads all of the departments in the city.
To read the exact wording, a copy of the city charter can be obtained at city hall or viewed on my Web site at charlotteraup.tripod.com.