The Council is the legislative branch of city government and enacts ordinances, adopts budgets, and determines policies for the City. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend their meetings.
The Council per term every four years elects a council member of the city who holds the title of Council President. This member presides at meetings of the Council. The Council also elects a President Pro-Temp from the Council who acts as president of the Council during the absence or inability of the president.
Council actions can take the form of ordinances and resolutions which require approval of the Mayor, and legal publication in the local newspaper as required by law.
Board, Commission & Agency Appointments
Appointments to boards and agencies by the Council do not require approval of the Mayor.
Ordinances & Resolutions
An ordinance is generally a legislative act of the Council to adopt laws, statutes and regulations for the city. A resolution is generally a formal statement of decision, opinion, or determination of policy adopted by the Council to exercise ministerial functions.
A motion is generally a procedural action in a Council meeting, in order to formally consider resolutions or ordinances, file reports, or request that certain action be taken by the administrative branch of the city. A motion requires a second and, with certain exceptions, majority approval.