Proposed

CITY OF ST. FRANCIS
ST. FRANCIS, MN ANOKA COUNTY
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the St. Francis City Council will be conducting a Public Hearing on December 2, 2013 at 6:00 pm or shortly thereafter. The Public Hearing will be conducted at the Independent School District #15 Offices located at 4115 Ambassador Blvd. St. Francis, MN 55070.
The purpose of the Public Hearing is to consider the proposed amendments to the current City Charter as follows:
Chapter 5:
Subdivision 2. Filing and Nomination. Not more than eighty-four (84) nor less than seventy (70) days weeks before the date of the election, an individual who is eligible and desires to have his name placed on the official ballot as a candidate for an office to be voted for at the election shall file his affidavit of candidacy with the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall also accept an application signed by not less than five (5) voters and filed on behalf of an eligible person whom they desire to be a candidate, if service of a copy of the application has been made on the candidate and proof of service is endorsed on the application being filed. A write-in candidate who wants their write-in votes to be counted in the general election must file a written request with the city clerk no later than seven (7) days before the general election. All write-in votes for candidates who have not filed a written request to have these votes counted shall be treated collectively as votes for a single nonqualified candidate referenced as other. Upon receipt of a filing fee in the amount of five dollars ($5.00) the City Clerk shall place the name of the candidate on the official ballot without partisan designation.
Chapter 2:
Section 2.02 The Council – Composition, Qualification and Terms. The elective officers of the City shall be a Mayor and four (4) Council persons who, together, shall compose the council. All members of the Council shall be elected at – large by and from the electors of the City. All elective officers shall take office and qualify at the time of the first regular Council meeting in the Month of January next following their election, and shall hold office until their successors have been elected and have qualified. The term of office of Mayor shall be two (2) years until the term beginning on January 5, 2015 and in subsequent terms when the term of office of Mayor shall be four (4) years. and the term of office of each Council person shall be four (4) years. The Council shall be the judge, as to qualification only, of the election of the Mayor and Council persons. (Reference Section 5.01)
Chapter 5:
Subdivision 2. Filing and Nomination. Not more than eighty-four (84) nor less than seventy (70) days weeks before the date of the primary election, an individual who is eligible and desires to have his name placed on the official ballot as a candidate for an office to be voted for at the primary election or general election, depending upon the number of candidates that actually file for each office, shall file his affidavit of candidacy with the City Clerk. The City Clerk shall also accept an application signed by not less than five (5) voters and filed on behalf of an eligible person whom they desire to be a candidate, if service of a copy of the application has been made on the candidate and proof of service is endorsed on the application being filed. Upon receipt of a filing fee in the amount of five dollars ($5.00) the City Clerk shall place the name of the candidate on the official ballot without partisan designation.
Subdivision 3. Notice. At least two (2) weeks before the first day to file affidavits or applications of candidacy, and at least two (2) weeks prior to each primary election, general election, and special election, the City Clerk shall publish and post in the Clerks office a notice thereof.
Subdivision 7. Primary Election. There will be no primary election. Effective for the 2014 elections and thereafter, primary elections shall be held on the same date as prescribed by the Minnesota Statutes, which establishes the statewide primary election date. The primary election shall be for the selection of two nominees for each elective office at the regular municipal election, unless two nominees or fewer file for each elective office. In the event two nominees or fewer file for an elective office, the names of such nominees shall be placed on the municipal general election ballot as the nominee for that office and no primary election shall be held for such elective office.
All interested parties are encouraged to attend the Public Hearing. Verbal and written testimony regarding the request will be accepted during the Hearing. A copy of the proposed amendments to the City Charter may be obtained by contacting the City of St. Francis, 23340 Cree St. NW 55070 or by calling 763-753-2630.
Barbara I. Held
City Clerk
Published in the
Anoka County Union
November 8, 15, 2013
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