PUBLIC HEARING BY THE CITY COUNCIL
Notice is hereby given that the Bloomington City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, Minnesota, 55431, to consider an Ordinance amending Bloomington City Charter, Chapter 6, Section 6.03, relating to the administration of city affairs, so as to read:
ORDINANCE NO. 2017- _
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CHAPTER 6 OF THE CITY CHARTER RELATING TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF CITY AFFAIRS
The City Council of the City of Bloomington, Minnesota does hereby ordain:
Section 1. That Chapter 6, Section 6.03, of the City Charter is amended by deleting those words struck through and contained in brackets [ ] and by adding those words that are underlined, to read as follows:
6.03 MERIT SYSTEM.
Subdivision 1. The council must, by ordinance, establish a merit system. It must cover all presently employed [permanent] regular employees of the city and all future [permanent] regular employees of the city. The city manager, the city attorney, the assistant city manager, and assistant city attorneys, [and their respective staffs, excluding clerical employees,] are not covered by the merit system.
Subdivision 2. The merit system must include a merit board composed of three members, to be appointed by the council from among the registered voters of the city. Each member serves for a term of three years or until a successor is appointed and qualified. On the first board appointed, one member serves for a term of one year, one serves for a term of two years and one serves for a term of three years. The members serve without compensation but are reimbursed for expenses incurred in connection with the citys business. The council can remove a member from the merit board for just cause at any time.
Subdivision 3. All city employees and officers covered by the merit system are appointed by the city manager on the basis of merit and fitness, according to rules and regulations established by the merit board. The manager can make recommendations to the merit board on rules and regulations. The rules and any amendments, when approved by the council and posted at the city hall, have the force and effect of law. The rules must include provisions for, but not be limited to, classification of positions; competitive examinations; rejection of applicants; eligible lists; certification of eligibles to the appointing authority; promotions; demotions; suspension; lay off; discharge; and general working conditions including hours of work, holidays, [sick leave] personal leave, vacation, and leaves of absence. No [permanent] covered employee can be dismissed, suspended, removed or reduced in grade, except for cause as set forth in the rules and regulations. All [permanent] covered city employees have the right to appeal a dismissal, suspension, removal or reduction in grade within ten days to the merit board. If, by a fair preponderance of the evidence, it can be shown that the appealing employee was dismissed, suspended, removed or reduced in grade for reasonable cause, which cannot be political, racial or religious in nature, the merit board must confirm the action. Otherwise, the merit board can reinstate the employee on terms and conditions it considers appropriate.
A full copy of the proposed ordinance is also available online at http://blm.mn/notices. For more information or to submit comments prior to the public hearing, call 952-563-8753.
Published in the
Bloomington Sun Current
July 13, 2017