How Council Meetings Work

Welcome to a meeting of the City of Connellsville City Council.

Welcome to a public meeting of the City Council. This information has been prepared to acquaint you with the proceedings of the meetings.

The City Council

The five council members are the governing body of the City. The members are elected at-large and serve a four year term. The council sets policy for the city, adopts the annual budget and adopts ordinances regulating activity in the city. The board members are as follows:

  • Councilmen, Director of Accounts and Finance
  • Councilmen, Director of Public Safety
  • Councilmen, Director of Public Works
  • Councilmen, Director of Parks and Public Property
  • Mayor

Meetings of the City Council

All City Council meetings begin at 7:00 and are held in the Council Chambers of the Connellsville municipal Building, unless otherwise noted. Special meetings of the City Council may be called at anytime, and are advertised in the Daily Courier.

Public comment on any item, on or off of the agenda, is welcome at the City Council meetings.
Public comment is heard at the beginning of each meeting immediately after the Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence.

The Agenda

The format of the agenda usually follows the other given in the example below:

  • Call to Order - Mayor
  • Roll Call
  • Pledge of Allegiance and Moment of Silence
  • Remarks from visitors/Public Comment
  • Reports

Mayor, Police
Director of Accounts and Finance
Director of Parks and Recreation
Director of Public Works
Director of Health and Safety

Highlights of a City Council Meeting

A QUORUM is a majority of Council members. The Connellsville City Council consists of five members, therefore, three members constitute a quorum. An affirmative vote of a majority of the entire Council at a City Council meeting is necessary in order to transact any business.

A MOTION is a verbal action taken by the Council. A motion must be seconded and approved by a majority of council for it to pass.

A RESOLUTION is a written action taken by Council a non-legislative matter.

AN ORDINANCE is a written action by Council of a legislative nature, and is required to be advertised in advance of the meeting at which it will be considered.

EXECUTIVE SESSIONS are private meetings of the Council only in which they are permitted to discuss four topics:

  • Legal matters (litigation), personal issues, negotiations, and acquisitions of land. And executive sessions are held at 6:00 p.m. before every council meeting.

  • MINUTES are taken of every public meeting and include the date, time, and place of the meeting, the names of members present, the substance of all official actions and a record of roll call votes, and the names of all citizens who appear officially at the meeting and the subject of their testimony.

  • The CITY SOLICITOR is appointed by Council, and must be licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The solicitor may be a person or a law firm, partnership, association or professional corporation. The solicitor serves at the pleasure of City Council.

  • PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD is the time on the agenda where visitors can bring matters before the Council. Speakers are asked to sign the sign-in sheet and to be conscious of the limited time available to those who wish to bring a matter before the council to complete their business in a timely matter.

If a visitor does not wish to speak before the council but has a concern they would like to have addressed, please feel free to contact the City Clerk, at 724-628-2020 x200. The City Clerk may be able to resolve your issue without the delay of waiting for a meeting of City Council.