Want to change city government? Charter Commission wants to know

The Minneapolis City Charter Commission is asking for public comments on the city's current government structure - such as whether it's time to change the "weak mayor" form of government and various independent boards.

People are encouraged to attend a Southwest public hearing May 25, 7 p.m., at Lynnhurst Park, 1345 W. Minnehaha Pkwy. or submit written comments.

A recent Star Tribune editorial series criticized the city's complex organization and the diffuse accountability. Others say the current city structure promotes citizen participation and access to decision makers.

Address comments to Commission Chair Jim Bernstein. Send them to Julie Bartell, Charter Commission Staff, Room 304, 350 S. 5th St., 55415 or e-mail to Jbartell@ci.minneapolis.mn.us by Friday, May 13.

You can sign up at the event if you wish to speak. Questions? Call Bartell at 673-2296.

The Minneapolis Charter Commission is a volunteer 15-member board appointed by the Chief Judge of the Hennepin County District Court and is responsible for reviewing and formulating changes to the City's Charter.