Suwannee Democrat


January 17, 2014

Live Oak charter review committee ends disgruntled

City council to review recommendations with 3-2 vote

Live Oak —

After months of reviewing the charter of the city of Live Oak, the chairman of the charter review committee presented their recommendations to the Live Oak City Council at their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night. The council voted 3-2 to review the recommendations. Councilors Jacob Grantham and Keith Mixon voted against. The council will then make a final decision based on the recommendations on what, if any, will appear on a ballot during an upcoming election. 

The purpose of the committee was to review the current city charter and establish a recommendation to the Live Oak City Council on changes that need to be made, if any.

Committee chairman Tommie Jefferson told the councilors the committee did not reach a unified recommendation, however. 

The first recommendation dated Dec. 23, 2013 contained the signature of four of the five board members. The second recommendation dated Jan. 6, 2014, contained just three signatures. Jefferson and vice-chairman Stefan Blue both refused to sign the second recommendation.

“Because there is still some unresolved issues, I feel as (the) chairman, some things were voted upon and never rescinded, and was not added to the new revisions,” Jefferson said. “We have two recommendations. One has four signatures and the other has three.”

He continued, “I refused to sign the last one because, I felt that we have not come to a consensus of being unified within that committee.”

No show

On Monday night, Jefferson called a special committee meeting to continue discussions regarding the Live Oak chief of police position and the signing of the second recommendation. However, committee members Jeanne d’Eauede, Kevin Greene and Wendell Hill did not attend. By law, since there was no quorum, the committee could not move forward with the meeting. 

d’Eauede, Greene and Hill had stopped by Live Oak City Hall to sign the recommendation on Monday afternoon, which was the instructions given to the committee at the last meeting. Jefferson said he called the meeting to clarify the recommendation before presenting it to the council.

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