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City council discusses ordinances to reduce number of aldermen, become non-partisan

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A discussion at Monday's Quincy city council meeting was centered around reducing the number of aldermen and becoming a non-partisan local government.

Proposed by 7th Ward Alderman Ben Uzelac, the council read the ordinances for the first time by title.

Uzelac said he's had multiple residents express the need to reduce the number of aldermen on the council.

At Monday's meeting, it was nearly a split decision to read the ordinances by title, as nearly half of the aldermen disagree with the proposed change, that would go on the ballot in the November election.

Uzelac said he expects more discussion in the next couple of weeks, and is open to discussion when it comes to deciding how many aldermen they would keep.

"We've got 14 and a lot and a lot of people suggested that maybe one per ward would be a good starting point," Uzelac said. "So I went from 14 to seven, but I'd like the mayor to always be a tie-breaking vote, so I'd like an even number of aldermen. Six is definitely too few in my opinion, so I rounded up to eight. That's just the starting point of the discussion, just to get the framework going."

Some aldermen expressed concerns over added workload, if they were to cut aldermen.

However, Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore said he supports Uzelac's proposed ordinance and has seen city councils in larger cities throughout the state decrease in size.

He said if they can make it work, so can Quincy.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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