The City Council meets to provide direction to the City Manager and City staff on the business of the City. These issues include financial issues, such as taxes, utility rates and budgets, as well as policy issues such as economic development, public safety, and property standards. The governing body meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, with exceptions being made for federal holidays or lack of urgent business. Members of the public are welcome and encouraged to attend City Council meetings. A block is held aside for public comment at the beginning of the meeting. City Council meetings are held at Memorial Hall (411 11th St.) at 6:30pm unless otherwise noted on the meeting announcement.
The City Council is comprised of two members from each of the City’s four wards. Citizens from each ward elect a representative to the City Council. Each council member’s term is four years but staggered so that every other year a representative is elected from each ward.
The City Council also elects one of its own members to serve as the President of the Council. The Council President presides at all meetings of the council in the absence of the Mayor. However, in the absence of the Mayor, the Council President does not have the veto powers of the Mayor, but he or she does have the same voting privileges as other Council members.