STAMFORD, Conn. With the volunteer and professional firefighters going head-to-head on how best to protect Stamford, the Charter Commission will ask the public Tuesday to weigh in on whether changes should be made in the city's governing document.
The goal of this public comment hearing is to better understand how the charter may be revised to afford the city greater flexibility to assure effective fire protection services for all Stamford citizens, Jay Sandak, co-chair of the commission, said in a statement.
Sandak said it has been suggested that the charter constrains the government in its ability to change the way fire service is provided. The Charter Commission cannot make policy or suggestions about the organization of the volunteer department and Stamford Fire and Rescue, he said.
Comments about fire service can be given in person at the hearing or submitted in writing, the statement said. Transparency and public participation are goals of the commission on all issues being reviewed, the Stamford attorney said.
A commission is required to review the citys charter every 10 years. Any revisions will be proposed to the Board of Representatives . If approved by the representatives, they would be put on the ballot in November.
After a final report is approved by the representatives, it will be published for review. The commission's report is scheduled to be submitted to the board on or before May 15.
The forum Tuesday begins at 7 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Stamford Government Center , 888 Washington Blvd. Photo identification is required to enter the Government Center.
For more information about the 17th Charter Commission , visit its website.
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