City Council Committees
The Finance and Economic Development Committee reviews all Administration and citizen requests for allocation of City funds, particularly the tax budget and appropriations budget. The Finance Committee works with the Administration to evaluate various methods of financing City operations and to consider any such actions recommended by the Administration. The Finance and Economic Development Committee approves any contracts desired by the Administration for services involving financial activities (accounting, insurance, banking), evaluates any legislation intended to promote economic development, and monitors any projects the Administration undertakes in this area – either alone or in partnership with other public or private organizations. The Finance and Economic Development Committee also evaluates any proposed legislation involving the tax code, reviews the proposed selling price or rental fee of any City property, and considers any other matters incidental to the foregoing which are properly delegated to the Committee by Council or its President.
The Personnel Committee reviews the appropriateness of job descriptions with respect to non-bargaining unit employees and ensures appropriate job descriptions are completed before newly created City employee positions are filled. The Personnel Committee recommends orientation programs and/or materials for new members of boards, commissions, advisory committees, and members of Council. The Committee reviews the progress of negotiations of collective bargaining agreements and reviews the personnel policies and procedures applicable to non-bargaining unit employees. The Personnel Committee coordinates with the Civil Service Commission and the Mayor regarding the hiring of new individuals, promotion of employees, and appointment by Council of appointed employee positions. The Personnel Committee shall consider any other matters incidental to the foregoing which are properly delegated to the Committee by Council or its President.
The Planning and Zoning Committee reviews the annual budget of the Division of Planning and Zoning. The Committee reviews legislation regarding the Comprehensive Plan updates and legislation regarding changes to the zoning ordinances and reviews proposed changes to Part XII of the Codified Ordinances – Planning and Zoning Code in conjunction with the City's Planning Commission.
The Public Utilities Committee reviews the annual budget of portions of the Department of Public Utilities operations including the Water Pollution Control Division, the Water Division, and related infrastructure as well as water, storm and sanitary sewers, and capital expansion projects involving utilities. The committee also reviews legislation involving utility rates, taps fees, and miscellaneous fees which the Department of Public Utilities is tasked to charge customers.
The Recreation Committee reviews the budgets for park recreation programs and park maintenance.
The Safety Committee reviews annual budgets for the Police and Fire Divisions. The Committee reviews proposed legislation involving Police and Fire Division operations and laws regarding public safety operations.
The Service Committee reviews annual budgets for the Department of Public Service. The Committee reviews proposed legislation involving the Department of Public Service operations. This Committee reviews the majority of legislation involving the City's infrastructure.