The City Council consists of six members — a Mayor and five council members who are elected at-large and each serve two-year terms. There are no term limits. The Mayor presides at meetings and is
All powers of the city are vested in the City Council. Council exercises these powers to ensure the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the city by law and the city's own Home Rule Charter. The City Council's powers include, but are not limited to:
- Enacting municipal legislation.
electing,or removing persons appointed or elected bythe Council.
- Establishing compensation rates for all city officers.
- Creating, changing, or abolishing offices and agencies created by the Charter;
- Assigning duties and powers to city officers, departments, and agencies.
- Establishing operating policy.
- Establishing the city boundaries.
Addressing the City Council
The City Council is interested in the concerns of all citizens and welcomes their input on the issues facing our community. Anyone can address Council by submitting a "Speaker's Request Form" before the start of a meeting. These forms are available on a table as you walk into Council Chambers. See the "Visitor/Citizens Forum" section below for more information.
An agenda is prepared for each regular or special meeting and is posted in the lobby of City Hall and online at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Find out more about Open Government (including Texas' Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act) at the Attorney General's website.
Council Meetings Typically Consist Of:
- Work Session at 5:30 p.m.
This is the time when council receives information from staff, advisory boards, or consultants, but does not take action.
- Regular Session at 7:00 p.m.
This is when
councilconsiders and takes action on proposed projects or ordinances.
- Roll Call
For the council to act, a quorum (three members, not counting the Mayor) must be present.
- Pledges of Allegiance to the Unites States and Texas flags
- Visitor/Citizens Forum
Anyone who wishes to address council regarding a matter that is not on the agenda (or is on the agenda, but does not include a Public Hearing) may submit a "Speaker's Request Form" to the City Secretary before the Regular Session begins (at 7:00 p.m.) When council arrives at this agenda item, the Mayor will call each person who submitted a form to the podium (one at a time). Please begin by stating your full name and address, and remember that comments should be directed towards the council as a group rather than to individual councilmembers, the audience, or staff. Speakers are asked to limit their comments to the subject matter noted on their "Speaker's Request Form". Finally, please understand that due to Open Meeting Act requirements,
councilis unable to discuss or take action on the items you present during the current meeting (see Section Sec. 551.042 of the Texas Local Government Code).
- Reports and Announcements
This includes updates from the Mayor, individual councilmembers, and the City Manager about recent meetings, programs, and projects that they've been involved in.
- Monitoring Information
Presentation of monthly financials, executive limitations, and ends review (in the form of the balanced scorecard).
- Required Approval Items (Consent Agenda)
These items are considered
non-controversial,and include items like approval of the minutes from the last meeting. These are bundled into a single item in order to expedite the meeting. Items can be moved from the Consent Agenda to the Regular Agenda at the request of council.
- Decision Items
This portion of the meeting includes public hearings, proposed ordinances, and items forwarded from Advisory Boards for consideration. Council will discuss and act upon each item individually. Anyone wishing to speak on an item that includes a "Public Hearing" should submit a "Request to Speak at a Public Hearing" form to the City Secretary before the Regular Session begins (at 7:00 p.m.).
- Executive Session (Closed)
Council may meet in closed session at any time during the work session or the regular session, pursuant to Section 551.071 of the Texas Government Code for consultation with the City Attorney pertaining to any matter in which the duty of the City Attorney under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct may conflict with the Open Meetings Act, including discussion on any item posted on the agenda.
- Reconvene into Open Session and Take Action Necessary Pursuant to Executive Session