The Village President and Board of Trustees are the legislative officials of the Village. The Village President and each of the six Trustees are elected at large and serve four-year terms.
As the legislative body of the Village, the Village Board establishes the Village's financial policies, tax levy and adopts the Village's annual budget. The Village Board makes policy decisions which guide the Village's operations and enacts local laws and ordinances. The Village Board appoints the Village Administrator, who oversees the day-to-day operations of the Village, and the Village President appoints members of volunteer committees and commissions with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees.
The Village Board also establishes the Village's Strategic Plan which includes the Village's vision statement, strategic priorities and strategic goals. Together, these serve as guideposts for the Village's annual budget and frame the Village's major initiatives and action items.
Regular meetings of the Village Board are held the first and third Monday of each month at 7pm in the Village Hall Board Room located at 10 N. Water Street. All meetings are open to the public. If a regular meeting falls on a holiday, the Board will typically meet on Tuesday of that week. All meetings are posted on the Meeting and Events Calendar. Citizen participation at its meetings are encouraged.
Village Board meetings begin with a Committee of the Whole at 7:00 pm. This meeting is a working session of the Board with no official action taken. Residents are welcome to attend, but comments must be withheld until the Regular Board meeting. The Regular Board meeting begins immediately following the Committee of the Whole with a General Order of Business established by Village Code as follows:
Pledge of Allegiance
Appointments and Presentations
Communications and Information Items
Village President Report
Addresses from the Audience
Closed Session, if necessary
Citizens may address the Village Board on items listed on the agenda in the Public Comment section of the Order of Business. Citizens wishing to address the Village Board on non-agenda items may do so at the Addresses from the Audience section of the Order of Business. The time limit for Public Comment and Addresses from the Audience is limited to three minutes.
Occasionally, the Village Board will convene a Special Board Meeting for the purpose of discussing a specific topic or a Public Hearing, if required, where attendees are given the opportunity to express personal views and provide evidence in support of those views.