Panel to study council changes wins approval

December 09, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The City Council approved an ordinance last night to create a commission of experts to help elected officials during the reshaping of city government that takes effect in a year.

To help with the effort, introduced by Council President Sheila Dixon, the Board of Estimates is expected to approve a $25,000 grant tomorrow for expenses of the commission, which will study what local ordinances, city charter provisions and council rules might have to change when the council is reshaped next year.

The council will shrink and reorganize next December, with 14 single-member districts instead of six three-member districts. That could require the council to change the way it fills vacancies, sets land-use policies and handles other matters.

The Baltimore City Council Transition Commission will make recommendations to Dixon, who announced its formation yesterday before the council's vote of support. The volunteer group is being headed by attorney Zelig Robinson.

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