The City Council
Members of the city council are part-time elected officials who serve for four years and can run for re-election as often as they wish. As a legislative body, the council exercises many of the powers given cities through the passage of ordinances and appropriation of money. The following is a list of what the council may do and requirements one must meet to be a city council person:
- authority to fix the annual salaries of all elected officials
- authority to fix annually the salaries of members of the police and fire departments.
- authority to reduce, but not to increase, any other items in the city budget as submitted by the mayor for its approval.
- if elected to a district he or she must have been a resident of that district for at least six months and a resident of the city for at least one year
- if he or she moves from the district or from the city, the person forfeits the office
The council also has the power to form committees, either standing or special, to aid them in the completion of their work. Standing committees are permanent committees, set up at the beginning of the term of office, and to which are referred all matters relating to specific subjects. Special committees are temporary and are set up to handle a special subject and are discharged when the issue is settled. The council issues resolutions and ordinances. You may download those documents.
Charlestown’s Common Council
The Common Council of the City of Charlestown meets for its regular business meeting on the first Monday of the month, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall, located at 304 Main Cross Street, Charlestown, Indiana. The Council is the legislative body of the government of the City of Charlestown, responsible for drafting and approving ordinances and resolutions that affect all Charlestown residents.
Regular business meetings of the Charlestown City Council are subject to rescheduling during holidays and due to unforeseen circumstances; please check the Charlestown Event Calendar or contact 812-256-3422 during regular business hours. New council rules went into effect recently. One change is that if you want to offer public comment prior to a City Council meeting you must submit a formal request. Forms to do that will be available at City Hall, but you will also be able to submit a request via the website. As the web capability is created you will be able to find it from the How Do I menu on the Home Page of this website and on that corresponding webpage. Requests to be placed on the Charlestown City Council meeting agenda should be forwarded to Nancy Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the Charlestown City Hall at 812-256-3422 during regular business hours. Please ask for Nancy Rogers at extension 306. Please do not assume that an item has been placed on the agenda unless you receive verbal or email confirmation.