City Council

Notes to the Public

Public Participation

The public is encouraged to participate in Council meetings. When Council comes to agenda Item 9, presentation of matters by the public, anyone may address Council by seeking recognition from the chair and identifying themselves by giving their name and address. Council asks that you use the microphone in the center of the room in order that your remarks can be heard by our listening and viewing audience. Please direct your remarks to the chair.

When Council moves to Item 11, legislation, anyone may again address Council using the same procedures, but during this period remarks must be relevant only to the legislation on the floor. 

Explanation of Council Procedures

Meeting Schedule

According to the City Charter, Council shall meet on the first and third Mondays of each calendar month. If the regular meeting shall fall on a legal holiday, then such regular meeting shall be held on the day following. In addition, Council may meet in either special or emergency meetings, using notification procedures specified in the Charter. 

First, Second and Third Readings

The Charter requires that legislation introduced in Council must normally appear on the agenda for three meetings. The first two readings are for initial discussion and possible referral to committee. Items on third reading may be voted on at that meeting. 

Suspension of Rules

If 6 or more Council members vote for suspension, legislation on the agenda for first or second reading may be voted upon immediately. 

Declaring an Emergency

Legislation containing this language allows Council to vote to waive the 30-day waiting period following the Mayor's signing before the ordinance becomes effective. A favorable vote of 5 or more Council persons is needed for passage under this provision.

Your attendance in future meetings will be welcomed.

The following is a list of 2014 committees and their Chairpersons:

Building and Zoning
Gene Zacharyasz, Chair
All Council Members
Coordinating
Mary K. Brown, Chair
All Council Members
Economic Development
Richard T. Malott, Chair
All Council Members
Facilities & Court
Jim Maxwell, Chair
All Council Members
Finance
Dale A. Lange, Chair
All Council Members
Public Safety & Service
Nick Haschka, Chair
All Council Members
Senior &
Community Services
Cheryl A. Banaszak, Chair
All Council Members
Utilities
Margarette S. Key, Chair
All Council Members

2014 City Council Representation
 Southwest Health Care System  Cheryl A. Banaszak
 Berea Board of Income Tax Review  Dale A. Lange
 Berea Shade Tree Commission  Nick Haschka
 Dale A. Lange (Alternate)
 Woodvale Union Cemetery Board of Trustee  Jim Maxwell
 Southwest Suburban Council Of Governments  Richard T. Malott
 Margarette S. Key (Alternate)
 Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council  Margarette S. Key and
 Gene Zacharyasz
 

The Council Committees convene at our Work Sessions, which are held on the second Monday of each month.  In depth discussions concerning current and pending legislation typically take place at Work Sessions.  These meetings are open to the public, informal, and not televised.

Mary K. Brown
President of Council
440-243-3163
marykbrownberea@gmail.com  
Gene Zacharyasz
Councilman-at-Large
440-724-2558
gene4berea@aol.com 
Dale Lange
Councilman-at-Large
440-234-7460
dalelange5@aol.com 
Margarette S. Key
Ward 1 Councilwoman
440-625-0117
mkey6356@wowway.com 
       
Nick Haschka
Ward 2 Councilman
440-826-1573
nhaschka@lu407.com 
Jim Maxwell
Ward 3 Councilman
440-234-6299
bereaward3@wowway.com 
Cheryl A. Banaszak
Ward 4 Councilwoman
440-667-3757
banaszak_4_berea@yahoo.com 
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Richard T. Malott
Ward 5 Councilman
440-243-6149
dikmalott@yahoo.com 


President of Council
Mary K. Brown

Council At Large
Dale Lange

Council At Large
Gene Zacharyasz

Ward 1
Councilwoman, Margarette S. Key

Ward 2
Councilman, Nick Haschka

Ward 3
Councilman, Jim Maxwell

Ward 4
Councilwoman, Cheryl A. Banaszak

Ward 5
Councilman, Richard T. Malott

Clerk of Council
Alycia Esson

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