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After public outcry, the Richland City Council in April pulled its proposal to change a city ordinance to eliminate the 12-year term limit for members of city boards and commissions. Proponents said the proposal would make city policy conform with actual practice.

Back in April, Mayor Ryan Lukson said that the matter would be brought up again when citizens could “attend” the meeting.

However, the matter is once again on the agenda, even though citizens cannot currently attend meetings. The full text of the proposal appears on Page 80 of the city council packet.

Five members have served beyond the 12-year limit.   Marianne Boring, the spouse of a plans examiner in the City of Richland Development Office, has been a board member longer than the other four. At the completion of her terms, she will have served 20 years on the Planning Board and 18 years on the Board of Adjustment. Some members of those boards have not been approved to serve for the full 12 years.

The proposal appears on the Consent Calendar with 13 other items. Council members approve all items on the Consent Calendar with one vote, unless a member moves to have an item considered separately.

The council meets on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The instructions for commenting appear at the top of the agenda.

4 thoughts on “Despite Citizen Opposition, Richland City Council will Vote to Eliminate Term Limits for Boards and Commissions

  1. Vitality is a trait that comes when change occurs. As with the commissions of the city of Richland, when positions are term limited, new ideas, a new approach to an old pattern, and / or an entire overdo can allow for a vitality within the system. Term limits keep the system open to creativity and vitality. Something a city government
    should want.

  2. So now we are voting for dictatorship?! No longer we will allowed other to try to make the city better? So it will be now up to the King and queens of Richland to MAKE the people do what they want despise the opposite from the PEOPLE?you are stealing the freedom that the founder fathers have fought for and implementing Marxism way to go Richland.

    1. They don’t even plan to take an up or down votes on this. They put it on the “consent calendar” with multiple other items just like they do almost everything else. That way they can avoid accountability. One member can ask to have a proposal taken off the consent calendar. I have asked that they pull this proposal off and vote on it.

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