Auburn City Councilmembers:
The Auburn City Council is made up of 7 seats, serving 4 year terms. The current members are:
Seat 1: Chris Stearns
Term: Jan 1, 2020-Dec 31,2024
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Seat 3: James Jeyaraj
Term: Jan. 1, 2020-Dec. 31, 2024
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Seat 5: Robyn Mulenga
Term: Jan 1, 2020-Dec 31, 24
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As per the City of Auburn website, the City Council’s duties are:
“One of Council’s main duties is the enactment of the City’s annual budget. City Council sets fiscal policies and approves all spending, whether for operations (e.g., salaries) or capital items, e.g. major equipment purchases, street repairs, or other public improvements.
The regulation of land use, including the creation and amendment of zoning laws, is another significant responsibility.
While most of the proposed laws which come before City Council are referred by the Administration, City Council may also initiate legislation itself. City Council members will often propose new programs at the suggestion of City residents.
City Council members also respond annually to thousands of constituent requests, filling a crucial oversight role in the delivery of basic City services to the public.
In addition to these duties, the City Council makes decisions regarding the following:
- Approving City real estate transactions
- Issuing municipal bonds
- Approving fees and charges, such as utility fees, recreation and cultural arts
- Adopting State & Federal legislation
- Confirming City department heads and volunteer members of City Boards and commissions
- Conducting an annual independent audit of the City’s finances
- Councilmembers represent the City at county, regional, state and federal committees, forums and task forces as assigned”
The Auburn City Council meetings are held twice a month on the first and third Monday each month at 7:00 PM. City Council study sessions are held the second, fourth and fifth Monday each month at 5:30 PM. Both of these meetings are held in the City Council chambers, located in City Hall, and are open to the public. They are also broadcast on Comcast channel 21 and are live-streamed on the Watch Auburn YouTube channel.
A City Council meeting is where the Council makes local laws, policies, and basic decisions relating to the city. Study sessions are public meetings in which the Council conducts more informal and in-depth discussions of special projects and issues of interest. No official action may be taken by the City Council at a study session.
Each meeting has an agenda set for it. This agenda is available online at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Every meeting will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance and Council roll call. From there any announcements, proclamations, and presentations are done. After this any appointments are handled, with agenda modifications following this.
The first portion takes next to no time and leads to the public hearings, citizen input and correspondence portion of the meeting. There are occasional hearings before the Council, but most often there are a handful of citizens who come to speak at the meeting. Each citizen has 3 minutes to speak on any topic (and they do vary) before the Council. This is a chance for the citizens of Auburn to allow their voices to be heard by the City Council.
Once the audience participation portion of the meeting has concluded, Committee and Ad Hoc reports are provided. Then the consent agenda, which are “considered by the City Council to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed” occurs.
If there is any unfinished business it is addressed after the Consent Agenda. Then new business will be handled. New business is where any resolutions or ordinances will be passed by the council.
After all new business is handled Councilmember and the Mayor provide individual reports. “At this time the Mayor and City Council may report on significant items associated with their appointed positions on federal, state, regional and local organizations.” This is the last item on the agenda, and concludes the meeting.
As per the city: agendas and minutes are available to the public at the City Clerk’s Office, on the City website, and via e-mail. Complete agenda packets are available for review at the City Clerk’s Office.
Council study sessions have a more free flow to them, as the Council receives presentations related to city business. Study sessions are run by the Deputy Mayor, unless the Deputy Mayor is absent and another Councilmember to run the meeting in their place. Portions of the study session may be run by a Councilmember if it relates to a committee or ad hoc they chair.