The scheduled regular City Council meetings are the first and third Monday of each month, at the exception being a legal holiday, at 7:30 P.M. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers, Municipal Building 25500 Gibraltar Road. The public is invited. Council meetings are televised on Cable Channel 12.
The Flat Rock City Council serves as the legislative and policy making branch of the City of Flat Rock. There are six positions on the Flat Rock City Council. Flat Rock's system of government is known as a "weak mayor" form of government with the mayor acting as a full voting member in council matters.
It is empowered by the City Charter to enact city ordinances, issue proclamations and resolutions, set policy and fees for city services, award contracts based on the bid process as set forth in the City Charter, and generally oversee the government of the City of Flat Rock. Council members must be 18 years of age and be residents of the City of Flat Rock.. They are elected to a four year term in which an election is held every two years where-by 3 out of 6 council seats are up for re-election with the Mayor who by charter runs for re-election every 2 years. Mayor and City Council elections are held in the odd year following a leap year and the following odd year after that. A council members term of office commences in January of the year after the election which is held in November. The council member serves a 4 year term.
If there is a vacancy on the city council, that position is offered to the losing candidate who received the 4th highest number of votes in the immediately preceding election. If that person is no longer interested in serving, then the vacant position is offered to 5th highest vote getter etc.
Although council members work closely with city department heads, it is the responsibility of the Mayor by Charter to oversee the day to day operations of the City. Appointments to department head positions and city commissions are by charter the responsibility of the Mayor who makes such appointments every two years after he or she is elected to the office of Mayor. The council then votes to approve or disapprove the Mayor's recommended appointees.
Council members also serve on various boards and commissions as appointed by the Mayor. Individual council members (usually 2) will periodically be asked to serve with the City Attorney on grievance and contract negotiation committees as well as their other duties.
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