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Council Responsibilities
Government
Elk River is a statutory city with a weak Mayor-Council form of government whereby administrative, as well as legislative, authority is the ultimate responsibility of the council as a whole.

Wards
The Mayor and four council members serve on the City Council as elected officials for 4-year terms. The Mayor is elected by the electors of the city at large. The City of Elk River is divided into four wards. One council member is elected from each of the four wards by the electors of that ward.

Duties
  • Actively listens to each proposal and the respective positions of the petitioner, affected parties (businesses, residents, etc.), and the city staff.
  • Acts as liaison between the city and the general public.
  • Conducts city business with state and federal agencies.
  • Conducts intergovernmental affairs and provides community leadership when dealing with outside entities.
  • Creates advisory boards, commissions, and task forces.
  • Directs the enforcement of city ordinances.
  • Encourages the attendance of members at meetings and addresses non-attendance.
  • Established and modifies goals and objectives for the city.
  • Establishes public policy for the city.
  • Establishes rules of procedure.
  • Familiarity with city documents such as the Comprehensive Plan, Budget, Capital Improvement Plan, etc.
  • Formulates policies to solve future issues and adjust to social and economic trends.
  • Identifies actual or potential conflicts of interest and abstains from the related votes.
  • May serve as a liaison to city commissions or other agencies serving Elk River.
  • Participates in civic events providing leadership and promoting new ideas and programs to improve the community and its surrounding area.
  • Participates in discussion of issues, including requesting additional data and/or considering various personal perspectives; both from a council member/mayor personal perspective, as well as the citywide perspective and impacts.
  • Participates in intergovernmental programs and the work of the League of Minnesota Cities.
  • Participates in special study subcommittees or task forces to provide information for City Council consideration.
  • Preserves order at City Council meetings.
  • Regularly prepares for City Council meetings.
  • Responds to constituent requests for information or assistance with problem resolution.
  • Reviews agenda materials and may conduct site visits.
  • Reviews and approves an annual budget and tax levy along with a capital improvement program with City Council.
  • Sets administrative policies.
  • Sets and interprets rules governing its own proceedings.
  • Solicits and receives input from affected parties and the general public.
  • Views the long-range perspectives of the city.