The City of Montgomery operates under a Council-Manager form of government with seven elected City Council members working with a city manager appointed by City Council with the support of a clerk of council and a law director. All City Council members are elected at large by a popular vote of City residents for staggered terms of four years. Once seated, City Council members select the Mayor who serves in that position for a two-year term.
City Council is responsible for establishing policies and enacting legislation necessary for municipal operations. City Council appoints the City Manager and Law Director. By charter, the City Manager serves as the City’s chief executive, administrative and law enforcement officer.
City Council operates with six standing committees: Financial Planning; Government Affairs; Law and Safety; Parks and Recreation; Planning, Zoning, and Landmarks and Public Works.
While City Council members are very busy in their roles as elected officials, their work is largely centered in determination of policy. During 2012, City Council conducted public meetings, regular meetings, special sessions and committee meetings.
In an effort to improve communications between City Council and the boards, commissions and civic organizations, several initiatives were undertaken including:
- Each Board/Commission Chair was invited to attend a discussion meeting to update City Council members on the activities and work of their respective board/commission for the previous year.
- City Council and the administration conducted an annual member Board and Commission Orientation session. This training/education session gave new board and commission members the tools they needed to perform their valuable work and at the same time, enhanced communications between the board or commission, City Council and staff.
- A Community Leadership Forum was held and represented an opportunity for volunteers, representatives of neighborhood associations and civic groups, elected officials and administration to discuss major issues, activities on suggested topics of interest of forum participants.
Community Leadership Forum Participants
As part of the City Council’s responsibilities for establishing policies and enacting legislation, it oversaw operations and administration of a cash budget of $18,034,878 and adopted 53 ordinances and resolutions, the highlights of which follow:
2012 Council Action
- Amended the allocation of earnings tax revenues
- Designated Kemper Road as a through highway and exercised local authority for positioning stop signs along the Kemper Road corridor
- Created a Tax Diversion Program for violations of the Tax Ordinance
- Created a diversion program for violations of drug offenses
- Adopted a tax budget for 2013
- Adopted a five-year Capital Improvement Program for the City of Montgomery
BAMSO performing at July 3 Concert
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into contracts with CDS Associates, Inc. for professional services related to general engineering and architectural services; with Frost Brown Todd, LLC to provide special counsel services; with the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony Orchestra to perform two concerts in 2012 and 2013; with the Hamilton County General Health District for public health services during 2013; with Cincinnati Bell Telephone Company for professional services related to digital telecommunication, internet and analog business line services; and with National Inspection Corporation for building plan review and inspections
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into a labor agreement with the Montgomery Firefighters IAFF Local 4391 for wages and benefits from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2015
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into an urban paving project agreement with the Ohio Department of Transportation to plane and resurface US-22 in Montgomery and gave consent to the Director of Transportation to resurface US-22 between Schoolhouse Lane and Pfeiffer Road through the Urban Paving Program
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into contracts with Ohio Irrigation Lawn Sprinkler Systems, Inc. dba Buckeye Lawn and Landscaping for lawn mowing services; with Barrett Paving Materials, Inc. for the 2012 Street Resurfacing Program; with American Pavements, Inc. for the 2012 Bituminous “Black Mat’ Surfacing Project; and with Westside Paving & Excavating, Inc. for the resurfacing of the Weller Park tennis courts.
Resurfacing of Weller tennis courts
- Authorized the City Manager to enter into a contract with Statewide Ford for the purchase of two police cruisers; with Millennium Business Systems, Inc. and Great America Leasing Corporation for the purchase/lease of copier equipment; with Middletown Ford for the purchase of a 2013 Ford Explorer and Murphy Tractor and Equipment Co. for the purchase of a 2012 John Deere 310K Backhoe
- Supported a grant partnership with Sycamore Community Schools and the City of Blue Ash
- Declared a moratorium on the collection of Environmental Impact Fund fees
- Approved the update of the Solid Waste Management Plan of the Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District
- Created a Tax Amnesty Program for taxpayers
- Opposed the passage of House Bill 601 by the Ohio General Assembly which proposes uniformity measures for municipal income tax in the form of unfunded mandates and a substantial loss of revenue