Thursday, January 24, 2013

What Does a Council Member Do?

Since there is currently an open council seat in district 3, we wanted to let you know some of the things that council members do. Thanks to Council member Kristie Overson for her help in making this list:

A Council member attends and participates in at least three public meetings monthly.

A Council member reads, studies, and scrutinizes all packet information prior to Council meetings.

The Council adopts and closely monitors the city budget.

A Council member communicates with residents through personal visits, email, phone calls, neighborhood meetings, social gatherings, etc.

A Council member tries to make himself/herself available week days, evenings, weekends and occasionally Sundays to attend various service projects, ribbon cuttings, open houses, ground breakings, community events and other activities which benefit, highlight, and promote Taylorsville.

The Council appoints citizens to various committees.

The Council appoints residents to the Planning Commission.

A Council member is an advisor to various committees in Taylorsville, and is expected to attend meetings to which he/she is assigned, including: Budget committee, Economic Development committee, Historic Preservation committee, Arts Council, Green committee, Healthy Taylorsville committee, Public Safety committee, Ordinance Review committee.

A Council member is also assigned to other boards and committees throughout the city and county, such as: the Taxing Entity committee, Chamber West, Salt Lake Sanitation board, Taylorsville Cemetery board, Mosquito Abatement District, Association of Municipal Governments and other committees as appropriate.

The Council chair and Vice-chair meet weekly with the Mayor and staff to review the upcoming Council meeting agenda.

A Council member meets with scout troops wanting assistance with Citizenship merit badges.

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