Venice has a council-manager system of local government. This system combines the political leadership of elected officials in the form of a city council with the managerial experience of a city manager.
The council is the legislative body empowered to make policy decisions by the citizens who elect its members. The city manager administers the policy of the council. The 7-member city council hires and supervises the charter officers, which include city manager, city clerk and city attorney.
NOTE: Seat 6 is currently vacant due to a board resignation on June 14, 2022. That seat is on the Nov. 8, 2022 ballot.Interested candidates should visit theCandidates for Municipal Office pagefor information on how to run for public office.
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Ron Feinsod, Mayor, Seat 7
Mayor Ron Feinsod was elected in 2019.
Mr. Feinsod was born in Coral Gables, Fla., and grew up in New Jersey. After graduating from Ridge High School in Basking Ridge, N.J., he joined the family business, The Camera Mart and Stereo Sound Center in Bernardsville, N.J. He was instrumental in growing the business into a very successful local chain. He went on to develop one of the state’s most successful camera specialty dealerships. He has also been a successful real estate investor and a stock market investor for over 20 years.
Mr. Feinsodhas been a member of the National Federation of Independent Business, Photographic Research Organization, Photographic Marketing Organization, Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Club. Ron delivers Meals on Wheels and he and his wife Denise have supported food banks in the communities where they have lived for the past 20 years.
The Feinsods first met in high school and now have sixchildren and five grandchildren.They came to Venice looking for a place to eventually retire and fell in love with the City immediately. They bought a vacation house in South Venice and have been visiting often for about 15 years before finally retiring here about five years ago. They now live in Pinebrook South.
Mr. Feinsodis the founder of Indivisible Venice, a nonpartisan political action group focused on issues that concern the general public such as health care, taxes and public education.He also hosted Indivisible Radio and podcast, producing over50 shows discussing current issues.
Jim Boldt, Council Member, Seat 4
Council Member Jim Boldtwas elected in 2021.
Mr. Boldt was born in Milwaukee, Wis. After attending University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh he began a long career in the chemical industry. After several management positions, Mr. Boldt and a couple partners purchased Wayne Pigment Corp. in 1989. He sold his interest in 2004, went on to join his wife's family's chemical distribution firm, Deeks & Company Inc., as VP-Sales and finally as Chief Operating Officer before its sale in 2018. During this period, he and his wife Donna got involved in a small cottage business perfecting and supplying an arts and crafts kit called Diamond Dotz. As an entrepreneur, Mr. Boldt also owned and operated an industrial janitorial service for over 10 years, and Great Lakes Rebar Corp., a fabricator of concrete reinforcing rods for the construction industry.
Mr. Boldt has sat on boards of national trade organizations, corporations, nonprofits and a church. During his time owning Wayne Pigment, Mr. Boldt testified before a subcommittee of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on behalf of the Dry Color Manufacturers Association.
Mr. Boldt has been visiting Venice for over 25 years; his wife has had family living here since 1971. Mr. Boldt and Donna have owned property here since 2010 and moved to Venice full time in 2018.
Mr. Boldt and his wife have five children and six grandchildren.
Mitzie Fiedler, Council Member, Seat 1
Council Member Mitzie Fiedler was re-elected in 2020 to serve a second term.
Ms. Fiedler holds a Ph.D. in educational administration and two master’s degrees from UW-Madison, and a BA from Beloit College in Wisconsin. She spent over 30 years in education as a teacher and an elementary, middle and high school principal.
As president of the Board of Directors for the YMCA in Beloit, she helped build and maintain shelters for women and their children. As president of the Board of Directors for Wisconsin Council for Gifted and Talented, she helped create programs for children throughout the state of Wisconsin. She has served on many city advisory boards.
Before being elected to City Council, Ms. Fiedler served on the Venice Code Enforcement Advisory Board and the Venice Environmental Advisory Board. She is a member of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice Rotary, Venice American Association of University Women, and Venice League of Women Voters. She serves as liaison to the Environmental Advisory Board, the Chamber Board of Directors, the ManaSota League of Cities, and the SW Florida Regional Planning Council.
Ms. Fiedler and her husband, Bruce, moved to Venice in 2010. They have three sons and seven grandchildren.
Rachel Frank, Council Member, Seat 2
Council Member Rachel Frank was appointed by the City Council in January 2022 to serve on Seat 2 until a successor is elected and sworn in following the November election.
Rachel was raised in Venice and attended Laurel Nokomis Middle School and Venice High School. She graduated from Sewanee: The University of the South with a degree in Political Science. After graduation, she worked in administration at Hutchison School in Memphis, Tenn., focusing on partnerships with area nonprofits and community partners.
Rachel returned to Venice in 2018 to serve as Vice President and Human Resources Director for D‑R Media and Investments LLC, a media company with offices located in Venice and across the state. Additionally, Rachel is President of Sun Events, where she manages a team of five to facilitate the promotion of 75 to 100 concerts annually across the state of Florida.
She is also involved in her community, serving as a board member at Family Promise of South Sarasota County and Rotary Futures.
Rachel is married to her husband Atticus, a financial analyst, and has two children, Nora and Lucy.
Helen Moore, Council Member, Seat 3
Council Member Helen Moore was re-elected in 2021 to serve a second term.
Ms. Moore attended Indiana State University and St. Mary of the Woods College. She has spent almost 30 years as a Venice resident, community volunteer, and leader in the real estate business. She served on the Venice Planning Commission from 2013-2018, and on the City's Code Enforcement Board prior to that.
A Realtor since 1992, she is with Michael Saunders & Company. She is a past president and Realtor of the Year with the Venice Area Board of Realtors, where she serves as Treasurer. She has also held many positions of leadership in the Florida Realtor Association for over 20 years.
Ms. Moore is involved in Venice Area Beautification Inc. as a Board member and Treasurer. Helping build VABI's Urban Forest is also on her list of civic activities. She is a member of Venice MainStreet and the Venice Chamber, and is a charter member of the South County Tiger Bay Club.
Her family connections are still strong in her previous home town of Terre Haute, Indiana, where her son, daughter-in-law and two granddaughters live, and in Baltimore, Maryland, where her daughter, son-in-law and two more grandchildren reside.
Nick Pachota, Vice Mayor, Seat 5
Vice Mayor Nick Pachota was elected in 2019.
Mr. Pachotamoved to Venice in 1987.As a young man, he served asthe chairman of the Venice Youth Advisory Board and was a Venice Police Explorer.Mr. Pachotahas an extensive background in public safety.He attended college in Orlando, and became an EMT, a paramedic, a firefighter, worked in law enforcement as a SWAT medic, and was the EMS training program director, a tenured faculty, and the union president at Eastern Florida State College.He is a Deputy Team Commander for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and a co-owner of Sharky's on the Pier, Fins and Snook Haven.
Mr. Pachota served on the City’s Fire Pension Board and Code Enforcement Board.He is a member of the Venice Theatre Guild, SunCoast Reef Rovers, Venice MainStreet, Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, Venice Aviation Society Inc., Florida Fire Chiefs Association, Florida EMS Association, and National Association of EMTs.He is a licensed Paramedic, certified Firefighter, and active EMS Instructor for Sarasota County Schools.
A city council is an elected body in the state of Florida according to the state's constitution. City councils in Florida are governed by the provisions set forth in Article VIII of the Florida Constitution.
— Video from Bonita Springs City Council shows Mayor Rick Steinmeyer interrupting a resident during public comments, over the use of the phrase “Good Old Boys.”
City Manager Edward F. Lavallee began his service to the City of Venice March 5, 2012. He received his bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and master's degree in public administration from the University of New Haven, Conn.
Venice is said to be one of the best places to live in the whole of the state for its outstanding quality of life. Though, with so many other reasons why people fall in love with this city, it's impossible to list them all.
They are responsible for determining local legislation and defining the overall vision for the city. The Mayor and Councillors appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to manage Council operations and lead the Council's administrative organisation.
Members of the Orlando City Council are the Mayor, elected at-large, and six City Commissioners who are elected from respective districts. All are elected for four-year terms. Click here for information on the City Council meetings.
Newly elected Mayor Rick Steinmeyer began his first Bonita Springs City Council meeting with a short speech about his past and what he expects during his term.
Ron Feinsod, Mayor, Seat 7
Mayor Ron Feinsod was elected in 2019.
The current office holder is Luigi Brugnaro, a centre-right wing independent businessman who has been in charge since 2015. The last election took place in 2020.
Venice or Sarasota? Although the gap has tightened in recent years, Venice remains the more affordable option - the median price of homes in Sarasota is 11 percent higher than Venice. The median price of a home in Sarasota is currently $362,500, while Venice sits around $323,850.
Scientists and experts argued at the time that it's a short-term solution and will destroy the lagoon ecosystem. The fact remains that Venice is sinking at the rate of 0.08 inches every year. Rising sea levels globally add to the problem, but the city is also suffering due to coastal erosion and groundwater pumping.
White: 92.79% Two or more races: 3.36% Asian: 2.39% Black or African American: 0.63%
A mayor is the top executive in a city, municipality or town government. The mayor often oversees many public works departments for their locale, including fire, police, emergency medical and utility services. The mayor is commonly a part of the town council, serving in a leadership position for meetings.
The only difference is that city councils serve a population of more than 50,000 in a predominantly urban area. Six of the territorial authorities also have the powers of a regional council, making them unitary authorities.
Councils are made up of two parts: the elected representatives (councillors) and administration (council staff).
The current mayor is Buddy Dyer, who was first elected in a special election in February 2003. Dyer was elected to his first full term in 2004, and after a brief suspension for six weeks in 2005, has subsequently been re-elected in 2008, 2012, 2015, and 2019.
Mayor Jerry L. Demings was sworn in on Dec. 4, 2018 as the 5th elected Mayor of Orange County and is the first African-American to serve in the role. He oversees more than 8,000 Orange County employees and a $4.9 billion budget as the County's chief executive officer.
The city of Orlando, Florida, was incorporated in 1875 and has approximately 30 mayors ever since. The first mayor, William Jackson Brack, took office in 1875. The current mayor is Buddy Dyer, who was elected for his first full term in 2004.
Frank Higel is considered the “Father of Venice”. He suggested the name Venice as the area has a striking likeness to the famous canal city in Italy. The area was previously called “Horse and Chaise” due to a tree formation that resembled a horsedrawn carriage.
The “island” of Venice did not exist until the last segment of the Intracoastal Waterway was completed in 1967.
Venice is a small coastal city some 12 miles south of Sarasota. The downtown areas of all three cities are pleasant and walkable, with plain, sprawling suburbs surrounding Bradenton and Sarasota towards the north-south I-75 corridor.
Venice was once its own municipality, founded in 1905 as an entertainment-focused resort town, but it allowed itself to be annexed by the city of Los Angeles in 1926 due to financial problems.
Venice Beach is the busiest facility operated by the Department of Recreation and Parks. This iconic site attracts visitors from all over the world and it is estimated that approximately 28,000 to 30,000 people visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk and adjacent Recreation and Parks property on a daily basis.
Venice Beach is famous the world over for being the playground by the sea for Southern Californians. It is especially well known for its eclectic oceanfront boardwalk. The beach itself offers prime surfing and sunbathing opportunities as well as a plethora of recreational activities, and restaurants.
Bradenton gets a score of 105/100, while Sarasota receives a score of 114/100. Both of those scores are higher than the national average, which isn't surprising. (The Gulf Coast can be an expensive place to live.) The extra 10% more in Sarasota, though, is a big negative.
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, his ballet dancer girlfriend Melanie Hamrick and their 4-year-old son Deveraux Octavian Basil Jagger now have a place to call home at The Lake Club – an exclusive, fully gated community in Lakewood Ranch.
By 2100, large swaths of coastal land in Florida will be permanently submerged. In the shorter term, rising seas will increase the frequency and severity of coastal flooding. Statewide, three feet of flooding puts at risk: Future sea level depends on greenhouse gas emissions and atmospheric / oceanic processes.
Parts of Miami are so flooded that Hugh Jackman can have a whole fight scene in an underwater concert hall. The kind of sea level rise that can permanently flood the entire ground floor of a concert hall is higher than the most extreme climate projections for Miami—at least by 2100.
'with a population of 10 million, jakarta is considered by some to be the fastest-sinking city in the world and is projected to be entirely underwater by 2050. in december 2021, jarkarta was again submerged with parts of the capital 2.7m (9ft) underwater,' writes nash.
UNDERSTANDING FLORIDA'S CITIES: There is no legal difference between a city, town or village – all are municipalities. Florida has 4 kinds of local governments: counties, school districts, special districts and municipalities.
Florida has three types of local government: counties, municipalities, and special districts. Florida is divided into 67 counties. People living in each county elect a board of commissioners to make the laws for their county and to run county government.
The U.S. and Florida constitutions both have a preamble (an introduction that states the purpose and goals of government), articles (sections that describe the powers and functions of the government), and amendments (changes that have been made to the constitution).
- Regional Municipalities.
- Rural Communities (RC)
- Local Service Districts (LSD)
|Mayor of Orange County, Florida|
|Incumbent Jerry Demings since December 4, 2018|
|Reports to||Board of County Commissioners|
What is the difference between City and Municipality? Municipality is an administrative division that may be a city, town, or a grouping of towns. A city is an urban settlement that is planned and has a large population.
Hialeah, Florida is the whitest city in the United States with 92.6% of its population identifying as White. The non-Hispanic white population, however, is only 2.57%.
In Florida there is an executive branch, a legislative branch, and a judicial branch. The governor heads Florida's executive branch. In 1998, Jeb Bush was elected as Florida's 43rd governor.
|Chancellor||Marshall Criser III|
|Location||Tallahassee , Florida , U.S.|
Whereas the Federal Government and State governments share power in countless ways, a local government must be granted power by the State. In general, mayors, city councils, and other governing bodies are directly elected by the people.
The U.S. Constitution has 7 articles while the Florida Constitution has 12 articles. 21. Amendments are changes that have been made to a constitution. The U.S. Constitution has 27 amendments.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
|Government of Florida|
|Presiding officer||Chris Sprowls, Speaker|
|Head of State and Government|
The mayor–council government system is a system of organization of local government that has an executive mayor who is directly elected by the voters, and a separately elected legislative city council.
A local council is a universal term for community, neighbourhood, parish and town councils. They are the first tier of local government and are statutory bodies. They serve electorates and are independently elected and raise their own precept (a form of council tax).
The mayor is the city's chief executive, while the council is the city's primary legislative body. The general characteristics of strong mayor-council governments are as follows: The mayor may appoint and remove departmental heads. The mayor drafts and proposes a budget to city council.
Environmental protection services including air quality, pollution control, flood planning, natural environment, conservation and improvement of water courses; Transportation services; Street cleaning, litter and vandalism removal services; Waste management and recycling services; Street lighting; and Residents’ parking.. To ensure that energy consumption is minimised and accords with best practice; Our local energy company; Our sustainable transport policy; To invest in the cycle network; To increase the number of daily cyclists; With the Deputy City Mayor for Culture, Leisure, Sport and Regulatory Services, the conservation and protection of the built environment; To drive delivery of the Air Quality Action Plan; To extend Leicester’s tree canopy coverage, planting more than one tree for any tree lost; Trees, Woodlands and Allotments; Leicester Eco-Schools programme to deliver high quality environmental education & engage young people; The Cultural Quarter; To be the Council’s Heritage Champion; The delivery of our sustainable transport policy, including accelerating the development of cycling, walking and public transport being the chosen methods of transportation for many more people in Leicester; To explore and introduce, if appropriate, a Workplace Parking Levy for Leicester; Work to achieve a significant step change in the reduction of the Council’s and City’s carbon footprint to mitigate the impact of climate change; To deliver an action plan ensuring that Leicester quickly becomes a Carbon Neutral city; To reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change; To work towards a circular economy for waste and resources in the City, encouraging reuse, recycling and waste minimisation; To continue to convert Council fleet to clean energy/low emission vehicles and to support the take up of clean energy/low emission taxis; Highways surfaces, pavements, bridges and watercourses; and To make a further 230 streets 20mph zones, as well as being responsible for residents parking in the city, together with the Assistant City Mayor for Neighbourhood Services.. Regulatory Services, including Licensing; Taxi and Private Hire licensing; Tourism and promotion of the City; Bereavement Services; Our Festivals and Events service; Sports Services and Centres; Public Conveniences; Museums; Planning and Development Control; Building Control and Enforcement; Parks & Open Spaces; and Community Safety.. Community Cohesion; The Council’s Community Safety Strategy; Leicester Community Safety Partnership; Neighbourhood working with the Police; Responsibilities of Council and all related matters in respect of the Police and Probation Services; To develop an investment plan to improve the network of sport and leisure facilities; To make Leicester a more active City; To protect, develop and promote wider use of the Council’s Parks and Play Areas; To creating jobs in the tourist and visitor economy; To do more to protect, enhance and value the city’s heritage and built environment; Lead on work to protect and develop our parks and play areas and to promote their wider use and, with the Deputy City Mayor for Environment to focus on protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of the city; Conservation and protection of the built environment; To ensure that there is a good range of opportunities for organised sport and physical activity in all our communities for people of all ages; Working with the Licencing Committee, you will have specific responsibility for the cross-cutting issues and oversight of the economically important taxi and private hire trade in the City including the provision of adequate ranks; the age and condition of vehicles and robust but fair inspection - improving our relations with operators while ensuring we safeguard the public; Tourism and how we market the City; To establish an affordable undertaking service; To support our local voluntary sector with a local lottery; and To build community partnerships with schools and community organisations to tackle hate crime.. ASC Social Work – Localities ASC Social Work – Contact and Response ASC Social Work – Mental Health ASC Social Work – Learning Disabilities ASC Independent Living ASC Contracts and Assurance ASC Commissioning ASC Enablement Children’s Early Intervention; The Safeguarding Children’s Service; Children’s Fieldwork; The Youth Offending Service; Looked After Children’s Service; Youth Services; Children’s Specialist Passenger Transport; Disabled Children’s Services; Adoption Services; and Domestic Violence Services.. To continue to transform our Social Care services; To continue to ensure adult social care in Leicester promotes choice, dignity and respect and that people can live independently and play an active and full part in society; Protecting vulnerable adults is a top priority and you will ensure our safeguarding adults arrangements remain effective and robust; Partnership working between related NHS and Council services, both in relation to commissioning and integration of ASC related services; To help drive up the quality of care in the independent sector; To be a member of the Health and Well-being Board; To introduce a programme of measures to make Leicester a Dementia Friendly City, including working with businesses, retailers and voluntary and community sector organisations to raise awareness of dementia; Adult Mental Health and ensuring work continues to deliver the commitments the City Council has made in signing the Local Authorities Mental Health Challenge; To strengthen our arrangements to keep children from potential and actual harm To ensure the appropriate standards of Children’s Social Care through the Ofsted Framework; You will lead Children’s social care to a good outcome through the Ofsted inspection framework; Protecting vulnerable children is a top priority and you will ensure our safeguarding children’s arrangements are effective and robust; Transition arrangements for moving children into care, and to ensure that 70% of looked after children leaving care are in education, employment or training; You will ensure we have a targeted and effective Youth Service in the City; You will continue to ensure an effective Youth Offending Service; The recruitment, training and retention of Childminders; You will carry out the responsibilities as set out in the current description of the Children’s portfolio as detailed in the Council’s Constitution and determined by statute; Providing a housing adaptation service for homeowners and a programme of housing adaptations for people with disabilities moving in Council properties; Support to our Adventure Playgrounds; To tackle holiday hunger through appropriate mechanisms; To develop a 5-year anti-poverty strategy; Campaigning to maximise welfare take-up so that everyone in Leicester receives their benefit entitlement; and To be the Councils Reading Champion.. Policy development; Digital Transformation and channel shift; Social value; Looking into the rise of entrepreneurialism on Local Government and whether this could benefit us; Considering how the Council could become more commercially aware; Exploring opportunities for generating revenue, including through: Shared Services Traded Services Better use of our property and assets Joint Ventures Improved commissioning activity Chargeable activity. Communications and Marketing; Press, Media and Digital Media; Making Leicester a living wage city using the Council as a provider and driver for better working conditions and workers’ rights across all sectors, including the textile industry; Further increasing the amount the City Council spends with local businesses, while securing more social investment, local job opportunities and training and apprenticeship opportunities through our procurement activities; Establishing a fair payday lending service to help reduce reliance on private high interest payday lenders; and Brexit preparedness.. Housing Options; Housing Repairs; The Tenancy & Estate Management Service; The Private Sector Housing Team; Gypsy and Traveller Authorised Site Management; The Housing Development Team; The Children’s Educational Psychology Service; The School Meals Service; School Placement and Admissions; Education Welfare; The Behaviour Support Service; The SEN and Special Needs Teaching service; and The Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service (LASALs). To work with our family of schools, and providing a supportive network; You will ensure every young person to be in education, employment or engaged in a work-based training programme; Early Years Settings and School quality and standards; To enable all children in Leicester to go to a good or outstanding school You will raise school attainment levels and educational outcomes for our school children year on year for the next four years You will carry out the responsibilities as set out in the current description of the Children’s and Schools portfolio as detailed in the Council’s Constitution and determined by statute; To ensure that we have the mechanisms in place to actively engage with and listen to our children and young people; To oversee the significant investment in our Primary and Secondary schools; To develop a School Readiness Strategy; Support to move from school to FE/HE/apprenticeships/employment/work-based learning programmes; School assets; Maintaining our adult education service with an improved offer for careers advice, ex-offender programmes, digital technology and English language courses; You will be responsible for maintaining the high quality of performance across our housing services bringing creativity and innovation to improve that performance and finding solutions to the problems people face in meeting their housing needs; Tenant participation; Monitoring of existing housing accommodation; Consideration of future needs for housing; To continue to implement our Homelessness Strategy, to reduce the number of families and individuals placed in temporary accommodation, and to ensure that no one has to sleep rough on our streets; Seek authorisation and all possible funding from Government to build new council and other affordable homes in the City; Use every opportunity to continue and to restart programmes of private housing renewal; Develop a new local standard for energy efficiency, safety and overall quality of all private rented homes; Promote private landlord and housing association responsibility; Introduce a landlord licensing scheme for all rented housing to help protect tenants; Build on progress getting empty homes back into use; With Council tenants, set new high service standards for maintenance and repairs; Continue to simplify and extend the Leicester Home Choice system and the Council’s housing allocation policies; Protect the most vulnerable homeless people; To continue to invest in our Council estates; and To use our Housing Company to tackle housing shortages.. To introduce a programme of measures to make Leicester a Dementia Friendly City, including working with businesses, retailers and voluntary and community sector organisations to raise awareness of dementia; Manage relationships with NHS partners; With partners, to make sure that there is a properly funded and effective Children’s and Adults mental health service; To be the Councils Mental Health Champion; Raising awareness and reducing drug and alcohol dependency; Deliver the Local Authority Mental Health Pledge; To chair the Health and Wellbeing Board; Working with partners to improve health through the Health and Wellbeing Board and Strategy; With the Deputy City Mayor with responsibility for Culture, Leisure, Sport and Regulatory Services, to enable appropriate staff to have a more holistic approach in in-house gym and swimming provision; Leadership and oversight of cross cutting initiatives to tackle poverty in the City; Good mental health & wellbeing promotion; Integrated public health outcomes including ‘lifestyle services’; To increase the number of people stopping smoking year on year for the next four years; To work with the CCG/NHS to improve/integrate primary care; Partnership working with the NHS on commissioning and integrating services; Building on the Cities Changing Diabetes pledge, each of our professional sports clubs and the council – Team Leicester – will establish a partnership promoting healthy lifestyles; Publish an alcohol strategy and look to set up a Community Alcohol Partnership; Make Leicester a part of the World Health Organisation Network of Age Friendly Cities; Support further work to meet complex needs experienced particularly by women and BAME communities who may not be sleeping on our streets but are homeless; To Chair the Older Persons Forum; and As Armed Forces Champion, to support our work as part of our commitment to supporting the Armed Forces.
The purpose of a City Council workshop is to provide a forum for City Council and City staff members to discuss. and possibly take action on various subjects related to City operations, projects, and planning.. If citizens. have comments or questions for City Council or City staff, they may attend a Regular City Council meeting. and sign up to speak during the Public Comment section of the agenda.. Citizens are also welcome to. communicate with City Council members and/or City staff outside of public meetings by contacting. City Hall at 325-247-4158.. Although Texas Law does not provide for an opportunity for citizens to participate in local government meetings,. the City of Llano believes citizens have every right to participate in Regular City Council meetings, and we. encourage citizens to do so.. Regular City Council meeting agendas have time set aside for Public Comment. near the beginning of the meeting, and there are additional public comment opportunities on the agenda if a. particular item requires a public hearing by law.. Citizens wishing to speak during a Regular City Council meeting must write their name and the agenda. topic they wish to speak about on the Public Comment form PRIOR to 5:30 pm when the meeting begins.. Providing your comments in writing prior to the meeting may allow you. to be more thorough in your comments than time will allow at a City Council meeting, and will also allow. the Council Members time to study the comments before the meeting.. All written comments or other documents. you would like to provide to the Council Members should be emailed to the City Secretary Brenda Poe, email@example.com , no later than 5:00 pm on the Thursday prior to the following Monday City Council. meeting, which is when agenda packets are delivered to Council Members.. If you wish to bring hard-copies. of documents to the meeting to be given to Council Members, you must bring 10 copies and provide them to the. City Secretary (not the Mayor or Council Members) prior to the start of the meeting.. If you wish to speak. about an item on the agenda that is not in the Public Hearing section or on an item that is not on the agenda,. you will have an opportunity to do so during the Public Comment section when your name is called, if you sign. up to speak prior to the start of the meeting .. The City Council may go into Executive Session (closed meeting) to consider legal, personnel, security, and other. related matters permitted under the Texas Open Meetings Act laws.The posted agenda will clearly identify matters which may be voted upon for final decision by the Council.An agenda for a Regular or Special City Council meeting must, by state law, be posted at least 72 continuous hours. prior to the beginning of that particular meeting.. There is a specific. time set aside for Public Comment during Regular City Council meetings, when citizens may address the. Council.. If you wish to speak during a City Council meeting, you must sign up on the Request to Speak form. available at each meeting, PRIOR to the start of the meeting.. In order to maintain order, and out of respect for. everyone in attendance, citizens are not allowed to speak openly (other than during Public Comment or Public. Hearings when recognized), to speak out of turn, or to interrupt the Mayor, Council Members, staff, or other. speakers during a City Council meeting unless called upon by the presiding officer - typically the Mayor.. If you sign up to speak prior to the start of. the meeting, you will have an equal opportunity to be heard.If you have any questions about City Council meetings, please contact the City Secretary Brenda Poe, firstname.lastname@example.org or 325-247-4158 x 107.
Mayor Eric Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams on Friday announced their first budget agreement, a $101 billion spending deal for the 2023 fiscal year beginning July 1, reflecting an increase of about $2.3 billion over the budget that was adopted in June of last year.. The mayor conceded to several Council demands for new or additional funding in certain areas while moving ahead on some of his priorities that the Council opposed, like cuts to school budgets based on dropping student enrollment, and the Council beat back the mayor’s push for more funding at the NYPD and Department of Correction.. Adams said the budget deal included $1.15 billion in additional funding for Council priorities compared to the mayor’s previous proposal, his executive budget released in April.. Record level Wall Street profits boosted the city’s personal income tax collections, with the city forecasting $3 billion in additional revenue for the current fiscal year and $1.5 billion more in the 2023 fiscal year compared to revenue predictions from April when the executive budget was released.. The budget reflects $2.7 billion in savings across the current and next fiscal year, and projects another $4 billion in savings through fiscal year 2026.. Those additions bring city reserves to $8.3 billion, with $1.9 billion total in the rainy day fund, $4.5 billion in the RHBT, $1.6 billion in the general reserve, and $250 million in the capital stabilization reserve.. “We want to see NYPD managed more appropriately because the money is there,” said Speaker Adams.. The budget includes about $5 billion more over ten years for affordable and public housing, bringing the city’s total investment to about $22 billion over that period, part of the larger $133.7 billion capital strategy.. Lander, the Council, and housing advocates, however, had called on the mayor to spend at least $4 billion each year.. The Adams administration is estimating that it will cost the city about $20 billion in capital funds and $500 million in expense funding, though those numbers have yet to be vetted and the mayor’s pushback against the new mandates has been refuted by state lawmakers, especially Senator John Liu, the chair of the Senate’s New York City Education Committee, who has pointed to additional state education aid on its way to the city.. Other investments include $30 million for the New Family Home Visits program, which will provide health services to first-time mothers in 33 neighborhoods that were hardest hit by the pandemic; $25 million for a property tax abatement to incentivize retrofits for childcare space; $25 million for tax credits for businesses that provide free or discounted childcare; $19.2 million for childcare vouchers for low-income and immigrant families, of which $10 million is allocated for undocumented families; $6.7 million to enhance adult literacy programs; and $1 million in capital funds for low-interest home repair loans for one- to four-family homeowners.. “There is a lot for parks supporters to appreciate in the new budget, including increased investment across forestry and key staffing areas; we look forward to learning more details,” said Adam Ganser, executive director of New Yorkers for Parks, an advocacy group.. Sanitation became a prominent budget issue this year and the budget agreement includes additional funding from the executive budget for many of the Council’s requests.. The city also increased the baseline funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program by $79 million, for a total of $236 million in funding for 100,000 summer youth jobs.