Frequently Asked Questions


What does the City Council Do?
According to the city code:
"The legislative powers of the City are exclusively vested in the Council. The Council has the power to conduct investigations concerning any subject on which it may legislate, or the operation of a department, board or commission engaged in administrative affairs of the City."

In practice, this means we:

  • make recommendations to the State Liquor Commission regarding the approval of liquor licenses for bars and restaurants
  • approve appointments to local Commissions and Boards
  • oversee land use and zoning changes
  • approve redevelopment agreements and authorize the issuance of financing bonds
  • develop and pass the City budget
  • create and revise the city code with the power to put certain things to a vote of the people - e.g. public safety ballot initiative
  • set fees, rates, and levy taxes
  • authorize the Mayor to execute contracts (e.g. with the State to accept federal funding for road construction and repair)
  • vote on claims made against the city
  • provide a forum for citizens to speak on issues on our Agenda or of importance to them
Who are my Council Representatives?
How are Council members chosen?
At-large (city-wide) Council members are elected in a non-partisan, city-wide May election during odd years, every four years
How much are Council members paid?
How do I contact a member of City Council?
You may email any representatives 
When and where does the City Council meet?
Can the public take part in the City Council meetings?
Yes. Council meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to bring a matter before Council may do so by appearing at the meeting or by correspondence.
Citizens may appear before Council to speak on items scheduled for public hearings.