Governor OKs Forest Park charter revisions

— After nearly two and a half years of waiting, Forest Park officials got language in their city charter cleaned up Tuesday.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law legislation that changes the number of votes needed to remove a member of the city council from office.

“It’s about time,” said councilwoman Maudie McCord. “I don’t know why it took so long.”

The city asked for legislation in February 2011 to “clean up” language in a section of their charter that pertains to how many votes it takes to remove a member of the city council. Little was done for two legislative terms to move the request forward in the Georgia General Assembly.

It was introduced earlier this year by state Rep. Keisha Waites (D-Atlanta), and it quickly passed in both chambers by early February.

Until now, the charter has called for five “yes” votes by the council to remove one of its members. That is because the passage was written when the council had seven seats. When the council’s size was reduced to five seats in the 1990s, officials — for whatever reason — neglected to change the required number of votes needed to remove someone from office.

By default, the requirement became a unanimous decision.

The charter now requires three “yes” votes.

— Reporter Kathy Jefcoats contributed to this report