Temporary Rules of Council
1. Term. City Council adopts the following temporary rules regarding the holding of Council regular and committee meetings. This rule shall apply only during the pendency of the duration of the emergency declared on March 9, 2020 by Executive Order 2020-01D of the Governor of the State of Ohio, or until such time as this Rule is amended or revoked by Council. The Rule is adopted pursuant to authority granted to Council by the recently-enacted Ohio House Bill 197.
2. Authority. Authority is hereby expressly given to the President of Council to make decisions relating to the implementation of this Temporary Rule as it applies to the conduct of regular and committee meetings of Council.
3. Conflicts. This Temporary Rule expressly supersedes any other Council Rule with which its provisions may be in conflict.
4. Council and Committee Meetings; How Held. Regular, special, and emergency Council meetings, and regular, special and emergency committee meetings of City Council may be held by videoconferencing. Livestreaming of such videoconferencing meetings shall be available on the City’s Facebook page, the City’s website, and/or any other site online which provides access to a wide number of Galion citizens. For the duration of this Temporary Rule, a member shall be considered to “attend” a Council or committee meeting by participating in the videoconference with the ability to hear and speak with other meeting participants.
5. Public. All Council and committee meetings shall be open to the public via teleconferencing subject to the ability for Council to enter into a non-public executive session for a statutorily-authorized reason. Notice shall be given to the public on the City’s website, Facebook Page, and/or other online locations specifying how access may be given to video and audio meeting feeds. The City does not assume responsibility for hosting platforms, user errors, or technological problems that prevent viewing by a specific person.
6. Public Participation. City Council continues to encourage the participation of Galion citizens and the general public. Anyone wishing to express an opinion for or against any measure are invited to submit comments through means established by the Clerk of Council. The Clerk shall forward such comments to Council member prior to the meeting.
- Carl W. Watt - President
- Ken Bodkins - 1st Ward Council Member
- Richard "Aaron" Ivy - 2nd Ward Council Member
- Mike Richart - 3rd Ward Council Member
- Tammy Siclair-Erlsten - 4th Ward Council Member
- Gail Baldinger - Council Member-at-Large
- Thomas G. Fellner - Council Member-at-Large
- Mark Triplett - Council Member-at-Large
- Julie L. Bell - Clerk of Council
City Council is the legislative authority of the City of Galion. As such, Council, by majority vote, constitutes the ultimate local authority in Galion. The power to make local laws belongs only to City Council. The Mayor and his staff cannot make laws, but have the responsibility to enforce the laws made by Council.
City Council approaches its work with a sincere desire to serve the public properly. No Council meeting starts without the Pledge of Allegiance to remind us all of our civic duties. In the tradition set by the United States Senate, Council members then offer a prayer asking for guidance to best serve the needs of all in Galion.
Once the meeting is underway, the public is invited to participate. The Council, by virtue of its very structure, approaches the job with the attitude that teamwork is necessary if good work is to be done.
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The City of Galion is a statutory city with elections for City Council that are non-partisan. Party politics are therefore not a part of city government in Galion.
There are 7 city council seats, 3 of which are at-large and 4 of which are ward seats - 1 for each of the 4 wards.
Candidates that reside anywhere within the city may fill the at-large council seats. Every registered voter in the city may participate in the vote for at-large candidates. A candidate for a ward seat must reside in that ward, and only the residents from that ward may participate in the vote for that ward seat.
What ward do you live in?
The city is divided into 4 quadrants, centered on the square, with Market Street and Harding Way serving as the dividing lines.
- First Ward: all land lying west of North Market Street and north of Harding Way West
- Second Ward: all land lying north of Harding Way East and east of North Market Street
- Third Ward: all land lying south of Harding Way East and east of South Market Street
- Fourth Ward: all land lying west of South Market Street and south of Harding Way West