Event Detail

Summary

Type Method Description Successful?
Mayor-Council Form Election Board Allentown City 1970 Optional Charter yes

Dates

Event Year(s) Final Decree Date Effective Date How Effective Date Determined
1967–1970 Jan 5, 1970 Municipal Election after Adoption Election - 1st Monday in January thereafter

Affected Government

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Municipality
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County
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State
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Municipality
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County
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Allentown, City of
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Lehigh County
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PA
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Allentown, City of
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Lehigh County
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PA
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Affected Government Form

Government Government Form
Allentown, City of City, 3rd Class (Optional Charter, Mayor-Council A)

Law

Detail Citation Relationship
View Act of July 15, 1957 (Pa. Laws 901, No. 399), § 620 indirect
View Act of July 15, 1957 (Pa. Laws 901, No. 399), §§ 201–216 indirect
View Act of July 15, 1957 (Pa. Laws 901, No. 399), §§ 217–218 indirect
View Act of July 15, 1957 (Pa. Laws 901, No. 399), §§ 241–242 indirect
View Act of July 15, 1957 (Pa. Laws 901, No. 399), §§ 301–302 indirect
View Act of September 23, 1959 (Pa. Laws 938, No. 383), § 1 indirect
View Act of April 28, 1961 (Pa. Laws 141, No. 66), §§ 1–2 indirect
View Act of August 14, 1963 (Pa. Laws 1104, No. 470), §§ 1–3 indirect
View Act of October 9, 1967 (Pa. Laws 412, No. 182), § 1 reference

Recorded Document

Government Type Location Alternate Location Date Relationship
Pennsylvania Corporation Book v. 3-1-70.18, p. 872 Sec'y.St. 7018:872–873 Apr 10, 1870 direct

Government Action

Detail Government Action Date Approved Effective Location
Allentown, City of Minute: " The Citizens for Efficient City Government requested to City Council to put the question of a charter commission study on the November ballot. Judge James F. Henninger, who is not a member of the special civic committee, appeared before Council in their behalf. This committee is made up of 14 persons affiliated with organizations representing some 2,000 persons. They are the Chamber of Commerce, the League of Women Voters, the Junior Woman's Club, the Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycee Wives and the AFL-CIO Labor Council. Judge Henninger explained the Optional Charter Law of 1957, which gives the people the right to study their form of government and choose a new plan if they desire. A charter commission study would delve into the present commission form and compare it with the other two optional forms - the mayor-council plan and the council-manager plan. He stated that the study can be introduced in two ways: by petition of 15 per cent of the registered voters of the city, asking for referendum, or by ordinance passed by the Council putting the question on the ballot. He made it known that this request does not mean the present form of government is not a good one but it simply means that the committee and its sponsors feel a study of government should be made. This study, he remarked, would have no bearing on the relative merits of the three forms but would allow the people an opportunity to have the forms compared. In the event that Council rejects the committee's request and forces the petition procedure the committee would have to secure more than 7,000 signatures. On motion of Mr. Grammes, seconded by Mr. Ritter, that Council review the matter and refer same to Council of the Whole. Yeas: Messrs. Grammes, Reinert, Ritter, Snyder and Bracy." Apr 19, 1966 v. 1965-1968, p. 107–108
Allentown, City of Minute: " Mayor Bracy read the following statements: On April 19, a group of Citizens appeared before Council to announce their intention to have placed upon the ballot in the November elections the question as to whether or not a Charter Commission should be elected to study the form of government of the City of Allentown and to make recommendations thereon. At that time the spokesman for the group, Judge James F. Henninger suggested that Council might wish to adopt an Ordinance placing the question on the ballot and thus bypass the necessity of obtaining the signatures of 15% of the registered voters of the City of Allentown which state law otherwise requires. During the past week, we as members of Council have seriously considered the proposal advanced by this group of Citizens and after a thorough discussion of the accomplishments of the City of Allentown, we can not help but feel that our City has made great strides under our present form of Government, and have every reason to believe it could continue to do so. We appreciate the concern of the citizens who presented this request and are aware of the alternate forms of government available to Third Class Cities. Since a referendum asking for a study could lead to an eventual change in the form of our government - a change which should be of vital interest to all of our citizens - City Council feels that the voters should not be by-passed in the initiation of this request. If 15% of the voters indicate their desire to have such a study made, then Council, as always, will be I happy to cooperate with any group or commission elected to study our form of government. If this is done, we believe an informed electorate will make the right choice." Apr 26, 1966 v. 1965-1968, p. 113–114
Allentown, City of Minute: [Conversation with Attorney Robert C. McFadden, candidate for government study commission] Nov 1, 1966 v. 1965-1968, p. 234–236
Lehigh, County of Charter Commission Election: [For or against the election of a charter commission for the City of Allentown] Nov 8, 1966
Allentown, City of Minute Nov 15, 1966 v. 1965-1968, p. 241–242
Allentown, City of Charter Commission Final Report: [Recommending the adoption of an optional plan for the City of Allentown] Jul 19, 1967 Jan 5, 1970
Allentown, City of Minute: [Adoption of Resolution 21857, with full text] Jul 25, 1967 v. 1965-1968, p. 420–421
Allentown, City of Resolution 21857: [Copy of final report to be made part of official records of the City] Jul 25, 1967 v. 1966-1970, p. 160–190
Allentown, City of Minute: [Election returns] Nov 1967 v. 1965-1968, p. 502–503
Lehigh, County of Election: "Shall the Mayor-Council Plan A of the Optional Third Class City Charter Law providing for seven councilmen to be elected at large be adopted by the City of Allentown?" Nov 7, 1967

Source

Detail Source Title Person(s) Vol. Page(s) Date 1 Date 2
View Pa. Dep't Cmty. Econ. Dev. Opt. Pl. F. ALLENTOWN