Most matters are discussed in one or more Council committees before being brought to the full Council.  Committees meet on an as-needed basis; their sessions are open to the public except, under certain conditions, when they go into executive session.  Meeting notices are posted to this website and Village bulletin boards in advance.  Click on the Committee name in the chart below to read minutes of their meetings.

Other committees, boards and commissions have been created to advise or provide oversight in a particular area.  Residents are appointed by Council to serve on these bodies.

Name and Description

Chair

Members

Finance – Sets annual budget priorities; submits budget to Council for review; provides oversight on investments; tracks monthly revenues and expenditures

Ed Hattenbach

Tom Muething
Peg Conway

Law – Reviews and drafts ordinances for voting by Council

Richard Bardach

Elida Kamine
Natalie Wolf

Police/Fire – Addresses matters concerning the Public Safety Department

Peg Conway

Richard Bardach
Natalie Wolf

Education, Health & Welfare – Addresses issues of environment and safety, including trash and recycling

Natalie Wolf

Elida Kamine
Ray Warren

Public Outreach – Communicates to residents through website and quarterly newsletter, promotes Village to wider community

Natalie Wolf

Peg Conway
Ray Warren

Public Buildings and Parks – Reviews matters pertaining to Village properties, such as maintenance and regulatory issues, usage and fees

Peg Conway

Ed Hattenbach
Ray Warren

Streets, Public Utilities and Sewers – Addresses issue pertaining to Village roads and rights of way

Ray Warren

Rich Bardach
Ed Hattenbach

Land Development – Identifies priorities and strategies for development of Village properties, esp. North Site

Tom Muething

Natalie Wolf
Elida Kamine

Compensation & Benefits – Reviews pay and benefit programs for Village employees and makes recommendations to Council

Elida Kamine

Rich Bardach
Peg Conway

Investment – Supervises the Village’s investments and securities

Ed Hattenbach

Peg Conway
Tom Muething

Executive Session

An “executive session” is a private conference between members of Council, permitted for specific reasons, from which the public is excluded.  Council may invite anyone it chooses into an executive session, and conversely, may exclude anyone it so chooses.  Because an executive session means that discussions on public business will occur outside the public view, it may be used only for certain situations:

  • Personnel:  To consider the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion, or compensation of a public employee, or official.
  • Property: To consider the purchase of property; to consider the sale of property by competitive bid if disclosure of the information would result in a competitive advantage to the other side.
  • Court Action:  May adjourn into executive session with the public body’s attorney to discuss pending or imminent court action.
  • Collective Bargaining:  To prepare for, conduct, or review collective bargaining strategy.
  • Confidential Matters:  To discuss matters required to be kept confidential by federal law, federal rules, or state statutes.
  • Security Matters:  To discuss details of security arrangements and emergency response protocols where disclosure could be expected to jeopardize the security of the public body or public office.

A meeting must begin in open session, then have a motion made and approved to go into executive session before adjourning to it.  Council may take no formal action in an executive session.