Lancaster City Council is composed of the President of Council, Six Ward Representatives, and three At-Large Representatives. Those City Council Members are all citizens elected by residents of the City of Lancaster to serve a two- year term. Council Members elected in November take office in January of the following year. The President of Council presides over City Council and City Council meetings. The President Pro Tem assumes the duties of the President in his/her absence.
The City of Lancaster is a statutory city regulated by the Ohio Revised Code. As the City of Lancaster’s legislative body, City Council approves and oversees the City’s annual budget and expenditures. Lancaster City Council responsibilities also include establishing local laws.
City Council typically meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:00 p.m. for regular City Council meetings, with the exception of May, July, and December. These meetings are held in Lancaster City Council Chambers located on the first floor of 111 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130. All 2015 City Council meetings and Committee meetings are listed online and on the public notice bulletin board in City Hall, 104 East Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.
All meetings of City Council are open to the public except for Executive Sessions during which Council members may discuss specific types of business as defined by the Ohio Revised Code. Executive Sessions are for discussion only, since all formal action must be taken at a regular or special meeting.
The Clerk of Council is appointed by the President of Lancaster City Council and serves the ten members of Lancaster City Council. The Clerk of Council attends all meetings of City Council, prepares and posts agendas, takes minutes, and prepares those minutes. The Clerk post all City Council meetings, special meetings, and committee meetings online and in City Hall.
Lancaster City Council, through the Clerk of Council, will prepare, make available and/or copy public records, upon the request of any member of the general public. The Clerk of Council shall charge a copy fee of $0.10 for each page of records requested. The Clerk of Council shall make all records available for inspection or release within a reasonable period of time from the date of a request pursuant to the City of Lancaster Open Records Policy.
You can learn more about your City Council President, your City Council Member, and your Clerk of Council by clicking on the links below. You will find their bios, phone numbers, and email addresses.