“I would go from seven to three. I envy Perkins Township and Erie County because you only need (two people) to get something accomplished in these types of governments. In this government, you need to find three friends to get a 4-3 vote. We would still get good representation with three commissioners.”
— Dick Brady
“Let’s talk about reducing it and also increasing the pay. We get $100 a week, and it takes a lot of our time, but we enjoy doing it. I would say a commission of five would probably function a lot better.”
—John Hamilton, ex officio mayor
“I’m definitely not in support of reducing from seven commissioners to five. I went to a commissioners’ meeting, and sometimes they didn’t even have a quorum (or enough people to vote on measures) because they were sick or they came in late.”
“I absolutely support reducing the number of commissioners.”
—Diedre Cole, city commissioner
“Absolutely. When you have seven people on the commission, it’s too easy for someone to hide and sit in the weeds. You want to gain more cohesiveness? Then the commission needs to be reduced.”
—Dennis Murray Jr.
“I would absolutely support the notion of reducing (the number of commissioners) from seven to five. It can be very difficult to get seven minds in the same direction. Moving to five makes perfect sense.”
— Scott Schell
“I would support going down from seven to five commissioners.”
Note: Commissioners are paid $5,200 a year. The ex officio mayor, one of seven city commissioners, receives $6,400 a year. Many candidates said they support raising the pay for commissioners and advocated higher pay.
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