City Government in Mediapolis Mediapolis   uses   the   Mayor-Council   form   of   city   government,   the   only   form   available   until   1907.   It   is   still   the   most   common   form   and   is   used   today   in   more   than 97%   of   Iowa   cities,   particularly   in   those   with   a   population   of   less   than   5,000   people.   A   popularly   elected   mayor   and   a   five-member   council   generally   govern Mayor-Council cities, although variations are possible in the number of council members. There are five council members in Mediapolis. Elections are held every two   years   and   those   elected   serve   a   four-year   term.   In   order   to   keep   some   continuity;   the   mayor   and   two   members   are   elected   at   the   same   time   and   in   the following    election,    the    other    three    council    members    are    elected.    Generally    speaking,    the    Council    has    only    policy-making    powers    and    the    Mayor    has administrative or executive powers. Laws   that   govern   the   citizens   of   Mediapolis   come   from   the   State   and   Federal   Government   as   well   as   from   the   Mediapolis   City   Code.   Iowa   cities   have   what   is known   as   Home   Rule   Power.   This   means   that   the   City   has   all   powers   to   act   and   make   laws   except   those   denied   them   by   the   Constitution   and   general   statutes. Cities   have   broad   powers   to   (1)   enter   into   contracts,   (2)   employ   persons,   (3)   acquire,   manage   and   dispose   of   property,   and   (4)   regulate   persons.   Mediapolis passes ordinances and resolutions in order to do so. An   Ordinance   is   a   city   law   of   a   general   and   permanent   nature.   In   order   to   become   effective   after   passage   by   a   roll   call   vote   of   the   Council,   Ordinances   must   be published   in   the   newspaper   and   will   eventually   become   a   part   of   the   Mediapolis   Municipal   Code.   Ordinances   can   cover   a   wide   variety   of   topics   ranging   from defining the powers and duties of administrative officers of the city to designating stop sign intersections. A   Resolution   is   a   council   statement   of   policy   or   a   council   order   for   action   to   be   taken.   Resolutions   require   a   roll   call   vote   as   well   but   do   not   need   to   be   published in   the   newspaper. They   do   not   become   a   part   of   the   City   Code   but   are   kept   in   a   separate   book   called   the   Book   of   Resolutions.   Resolutions   typically   cover   a   wide variety of topics ranging from the awarding of construction contract bids to the adoption of wages for city employees. In   order   to   pass   an   Ordinance,   three   readings   must   be   made   at   three   separate   meetings.   In   special   cases,   the   council   may   suspend   the   "three   meeting" requirement by a recorded vote of not less than three-fourths of the council members. Resolutions may be passed and adopted after only one reading. The Duties and responsibilities of city councils in Iowa.  They pass ordinances, resolutions, amendments and motions.
City councils establish city policy. They… Adopt government goals and objectives Establish priorities for public services Approve programs Approve/amend the operating budget Approve expenditures and payments Approve grant applications Approve contracts City councils oversee the administration of city government
Monitor the city budget Approve the appointments made by the mayor Provide direction to the city staff Hire, evaluate and provide direction to the city attorney Have the power to evaluate, hire and fire all city employees
Evaluate city programs in general City council provide community leadership Pass along citizen concerns and desires Arbitrate conflicting interests Make community decisions by systematically studying problems, reviewing alternatives and chosing courses of action.
510 Main St., Mediapolis, IA  52637   319-394-3125