The Athens-Clarke County Charter Overview Commission

The Charter Overview commission is comprised of local citizens and investigates Athens-Clarke County and assesses the Government’s performance and compliance with the Athens-Clarke County Charter.  You can read the full report  of the 2010 Charter Overview Commission here.  As Commissioner, David will consider the Overview Commission’s report and implement many of its recommendations.  In particular, he believes the following recommendations should be implemented.

The Commission (Pages 7-8)

  • Ensure that the Athens-Clarke County Comprehensive Plan focuses on the community’s critical needs.
  • Given recent changes in the economy, the Commission should conduct a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats analysis (SWOT) for the community.
  • Develop a plan for being more visible with state government. Develop a proactive strategy for increasing Athens’ visibility with the General Assembly and state departments.

Manager’s Office (Pages 8-9)

  • Develop a long range (5, 10, and 20 year) financial plan for services, which asks each department to analyze changing community needs and opportunities for increasing efficiencies.
  • Create a reporting method to clearly track amounts paid to and services provided by individual consultants, consulting firms, contractors, and contract employees by each department

Public Utilities (Page 16-17)

  • Conduct an internal audit of the Public Utilities Department.

Planning (page 26)

  • Continue to dedicate a single member of the planning staff per applicant to coordinate the processes and assist in ensuring that the progress of each application to be expedited throughout the related departments in a timely and helpful fashion.
  • Regularly review the progress of each application by use of an interactive computer program that is linked to all departments with planning, utilities, inspections, and infrastructure duties to ensure that all applications are currently being expedited in the most efficient manner.
  • Create a methodology that keeps planning and development staff on the promised schedule so that applicants will have a better tool for planning the expenditure of their resources.
If you believe the Commission should consider a certain issue, implement a specific recommendation from the Overview Commission Report or believe that the Unified Government is not adequately performing its duties please let David know.


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