Council changes charter to comply with state laws

A city charter change to comply with changes in state law has been
approved by the Coon Rapids City Council following a public hearing.

by Peter Bodley
Managing editor

A city charter change to comply with changes in state law has been approved by the Coon Rapids City Council following a public hearing.

The Coon Rapids Charter Commission had recommended the charter change to comply with a new state law passed by the 2010 Minnesota Legislature moving the state’s primary election from September to the second Tuesday in August, effective this year.

According to City Clerk Joni Anderson, the charter language refers to the “primary election as established in state law” rather than defining a date.

“This will eliminate the need for future amendments should the date be changed again,” Anderson said.

The language will not change the time frame for filings for city office; that remains no more than 10 nor less than eight weeks before the primary election.

The ordinance does make $10 filing fee for office non-refundable. Filing fees for county and state offices are non-refundable by state statute, Anderson said.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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