City of Red Wing

City Council Vacancy

Tuesday, April 24 2018 8:38 AM

It’s official; Council Member Dustin Schulenberg has resigned from the Red Wing City Council.  Why did Schulenberg resign?  The Red Wing City charter requires council members to live within the city limits.  Though they are staying local, Schulenberg and his family recently purchased a home outside of the city limits, making him ineligible to serve on the Council.  What does his resignation mean for Red Wing?  That we’ve got a vacancy and we’re looking for a local citizen to fill it.

Council members are elected by the public for a four-year term.  Schulenberg has already served three years, and his term would have expired at the end of this year if he hadn’t resigned early.  Therefore, Schulenberg’s resignation means that we need an interim councilor to serve through the end of the year to fulfill the remainder of Schulenberg’s term.  Ideally, that person would also be interested in serving for a full four-year term on the City Council after fulfilling Schulenberg’s vacancy through the end of this year.

Who can run to fill the vacancy?  Any citizen who lives within the city of Red Wing limits, is at least 21 years old, and is a registered voter in the state of Minnesota.  Schulenberg’s seat on the Council is for an “At-Large” member, meaning you can reside in any ward throughout the city. 

How can someone apply?  The basic steps are easy; just come to City Hall and fill out an Affidavit of Candidacy ($5.00 filing fee) between May 22-June 5, 2018.  You’ll meet with Teri Swanson, City Clerk, and receive an Election Candidate Packet full of helpful information.  All that is left after that is campaigning for votes until election day on August 14, 2018.

Why would someone choose to apply?  City Council represents our government at the local level.  They give city staff work direction and make determinations on everything ranging from the naming of streets to major infrastructure projects.  City Council plays a crucial role in protecting and promoting the welfare of Red Wing and its citizens, and to do that effectively, every seat on the Council needs to be filled.  Are you interested in running?  Then read further for a full job description. 

General Information about the City and the City Council:

  • Red Wing is a home rule charter city
  • The Mayor and Council are elected officials

General City Council Member Authority, Responsibilities, and Expectations – What is required of a City Council Member?

Council Members get their authority from the City Charter. Their authority can be generally described as legislating City policy. The Charter sets forth the duties of the City Council as a whole as follows:

  • The City Council shall have all powers granted to the City, including management and control of the finances and property of the City with full power and authority to make, ordain, establish, publish, alter, modify, amend and repeal ordinances, resolutions, rules, and regulations for the government and good order of the City. It shall have full power and authority to declare and impose penalties and punishment against any person, firm, or corporation violating any ordinance, rule, or regulation. Its ordinances, rules, and regulations shall have the force of law.
  • The Council shall have full authority over the financial affairs of the City and shall provide for the collection of all revenue and other assets, the auditing and settlement of accounts, and the safekeeping and disbursement of public monies, and, in the exercise of sound discretion, shall make appropriations for the payment of all liabilities and expenses. 

The responsibilities of City Council Members are as follows:

  • Responsible for legislating for the City.
  • Sets and interprets rules governing its own proceedings.
  • Directs the enforcement of City ordinances.
  • Transacts City business.
  • Oversees the City’s financial operations
  • Confirms Mayoral appointments of the Boards/Commissions.
  • Conducts the City’s intergovernmental affairs.
  • Protects the welfare of the City and its inhabitants. 

The expectations of City Council Members are as follows:

  • Council Members are expected to attend City Council meetings on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.  Council meetings typically start at 6:00 p.m. and are held in the City Council Chambers at 315 West 4th Street, Red Wing. Council meetings generally last two to three hours. Council Members are expected to attend Special City Council meetings that occasionally occur during the year, in addition to workshops. 
  • City Council Workshops are opportunities for the Council to meet and discuss special City initiatives or meet with other entities to discuss partnerships.  There is an annual City Council workshop held on a Friday afternoon and Saturday, typically in January of each year.
  • In addition to general City Council workshops, there are budget workshops held during the year where Council Members get updates on budget revenues and expenditures. These workshops are generally held in August, September, and November. At the end of the budget process, there is a Truth in Taxation meeting which is held the first Monday of December.
  • Council Members are appointed as City Council Liaisons to two or three Boards and Commissions and/or Joint Powers organizations and are expected to attend these Board and Commission meetings as a liaison to the City Council. Boards and Commissions typically meet once a month. Some Boards have active Committee structures and Council Liaisons can volunteer for these.  Board and Commission meetings are typically held in the late afternoon or early evening hours and are usually held in the City Council Chambers. Each Council meeting offers an opportunity for the Mayor and City Council members to provide updates to the other elected members and the community on activities of their appointed boards/commissions/joint powers organizations.
  • In addition to Board and Commission appointments, the City Council has several standing Committees and frequently has Ad-Hoc Committees. The Council President will appoint members to these committees. Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees meet infrequently during the year as needed.
  • The City Council also elects two members of the City Council to serve on the Red Wing Port Authority, where the Council Members serve as a voting member of the Port. The City Council Member serves a three-year term.
  • Council Members are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the items on the agenda through the use of an iPad that will be assigned to the Council Member.  Council packets are posted online usually the Thursday prior to the Monday meeting.
  • The Council follows Robert’s Rules of Order during any meeting.
  • Council Members act as liaisons between the City and the general public.
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