The purpose of a council legislative committee is to formulate policy recommendations and gather policy information for the City Council in order to provide for more efficient and effective use of City Council meeting time. Committees will address issues assigned to them by the City Council. The committees are not intended to oversee or interfere with the administration.
The primary purpose of the Finance and Human Resources Committee is to review and advise upon on matters of policy assigned by the City Council involving city financial affairs, including budget development goals and major financial policies such as reserves and fund balance levels, grants and Interlocal Agreements, personnel matters (e.g. union negotiations, employee benefits), and approval of warrants.
The primary purpose of the Legislative Affairs Committee is to review and advise upon legislative matters at county, state, and federal levels of interest to the city council; city council policies and procedures; and council compensation.
The primary purpose of the transportation and planning committee is to review and advise upon matters of policy assigned by the City Council involving the physical and economic development of the city as well as matters involving planning for transportation systems and facilities, also involving public health, welfare and safety as well as City infrastructure, water and sewer utilities, parks & recreation and property management, sales and acquisitions.
The primary purpose of the Public Safety Committee is to review and advise upon matters of policy assigned by the City Council involving public health, welfare, and safety; including issues related to police, emergency management, public defense and prosecution, municipal court, nuisance abatement, and code enforcement issues.