City holds public meetings on charter

The Minneapolis Charter Commission is holding public hearings on proposed charter changes, an effort to simplify, modernize and unclutter the city's governing document.

A charter is the city's constitution. It defines the government's structure, as well as the powers the citizens agree to give their city government.

Brian Melendez, one of 13 Charter Commission members, said the proposed changes are stylistic, not substantive.

"All we are doing is reorganizing it and writing it in 2004 English," he said.

A public hearing is Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 4 p.m. in Room 317 City Hall.