Lenzy Hendrix, Council
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Town Council Generally
The powers of a town council in Indiana to establish policy are quite broad. Essentially, councils may undertake any action related to town affairs other than those forbidden or preempted by state or federal law.
It is important to note that the Council acts as a body. No member has any extraordinary powers beyond those of other members. While the Council President and Vice President have some additional ceremonial and administrative responsibilities as described below, in the establishment of policies, voting and in other significant areas, all members are equal. It is also important to note that policy is established by at least a majority vote of the Council. While individual members may disagree with decisions of the majority, a decision of the majority does bind the Council to a course of action. In turn, it is staff’s responsibility to ensure the policy of the Council is upheld. Actions of staff to pursue the policy direction established by a majority of Council do not reflect any bias against Council members who held a minority opinion on an issue.
Council members are encouraged to participate and provide leadership in regional, state and national programs and meetings. Council members are strongly encouraged to report to the council on matters discussed at subcommittees and other regional, state, and national board/agency/group activities in which they have been involved.
Role of the Council President and Vice President
Council President: As reflected in the municipal code, the Council President is to preside at all meetings of the Town Council and perform such other duties consistent with the office as may be imposed by the Council. The Council President does not possess any power of veto. As presiding officer of the Council, the Council President is to faithfully communicate the will of the Council majority in matters of policy. The Council President is also recognized as the official head of the town for all ceremonial purposes. The Town Council elects the Council President annually.
Traditionally, the Council President has also been assigned by the Town Council to consult and coordinate with the Town Manager in the development of agendas for meetings of the Town Council as outlined in Chapter 8. The scope of such review focuses on the timing of business items and the volume of business which can be considered at any one meeting. Such review does not allow for a unilateral unlimited delay of items to be considered by the Council. Should any significant disagreement arise regarding the scheduling of items, these matters are to be resolved by the full Town Council.
Council Vice President: The Council Vice President shall perform the duties of the Council President during the Council President’s absence or disability. The Vice President shall be elected annually by the Town Council.
The Council should maintain the following values:
High energy, open minded, achievement oriented
Have respect and care for each other
Be straightforward, no hidden agendas
Traditions are respected, but not binding.