This Act is a comprehensive update to the Charter of Dewey Beach that makes both substantive and technical revisions to diminish instances of ambiguous language and eliminate the use of archaic terms and duplicative provisions.
This Act makes technical changes to update the terms used to identify Town Commissioners and the Town Council and to conform existing law to the standards of the Delaware Legislative Drafting Manual, including changes so that language is gender neutral.
This Act makes the following substantive changes to the Charter of Dewey Beach:
1. Recognizes that among various traditional municipal goals, Town Council shall consider measures to maintain resiliency in the face of our changing global climate.
2. Clarifies the eligibility of municipal voters and officeholders and the functions of the Election Officials.
3. Clarifies that the form of municipal government is that of a Town Council and Town Manager, as well as the roles of each.
4. Clarifies the employment procedures and supervision of the Town Manager and other municipal employees.
5. Clarifies that the Police Chief reports directly to the Town Manager.
6. More fully specifies the responsibilities of the Beach Patrol Captain.
7. Increases the aggregate amount the Town Council may borrow from $1,500,000 to $3,000,000.
8. Increases the amount of a contract that is not required to be bid from $2,000 to $5,000.
This Act requires a greater than majority vote for passage because ยง 1 of Article IX of the Delaware Constitution requires the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly to amend a charter issued to a municipal corporation.