Frequently Asked Questions

Who are my Council members?
When and where does the Council meet?
What are the qualifications for members of City Council?
How does a person run for Council?
What is the salary for members of City Council?
Is City Council a full time or part time job?
Do Council members have offices?
How much is appropriated in the budget for Council expenses?
Is there a Council President?
How can I obtain a Ward map?
How can I learn more about the legislative process and how laws are made?
What are the rules of order?
What is the role of the City Council?
How do I sign up to speak at a public hearing or council meeting?

Who are my Council members?
The City is divided into five different wards. Two Council members are elected from each ward. You can determine which ward you live in by either using this ward map, or by calling the City Clerk at (618) 452.6200.

When and where does the Council meet?
The City Council regularly meets on the first an third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm. Except in the event of an emergency that requires the Council to meet elsewhere, the Council regularly meets in the Council Chambers, which is on the second floor of the City Hall building, 2000 Edison Avenue.

What are the qualifications for members of City Council?
Each councilman shall be a citizen of the United States; a resident of the City of Granite; a qualified elector of the City; over eighteen (18) years of age and must live within the ward from which they are elected.

In addition, the Municipal Code imposes certain restrictions as follows:

No member shall hold any other public elective office or any other employment with the City of Granite City. No member shall have any direct interest in any contract with the City; nor shall any member have any interest arising by contract or other relationship which creates a substantial conflict of interest with respect to that member's Council duties which cannot be avoided by abstention or by disqualification from participation in a transaction or series of transactions without adversely affecting the interests of the city.

No person who has been convicted of willful evasion of City or State taxes; or who has been convicted of malfeasance in office, bribery or other corrupt practices, shall be qualified for membership in the council.

How does a person run for City Council?
First of all, you should talk to the staff of the Election Commission and/or City Clerk about how to run as there are many complex rules governing the conduct of campaigns, and this portion of the Council’s web page cannot address them all. But the short version is that the formal process for running for office starts with the nomination of the candidate.

The first step you must take in being nominated is to stop by the City Clerk’s office and fill out a statement of economic interests, which is a public declaration of investments to help County officials determine that there is no conflict of interest for you to be a Council member.

Once turned in, you will receive the following three forms: 1) Statement of Candidacy, 2) Loyalty Oath and 3) a Petition form. The Statement of Candidacy is required along with the Petition. You must gather the names and signatures of electors within your designated ward.

The number of signatures required varies by ward based on the number of active voters in each ward. The Loyalty Oath form is optional.

The name of a candidate for ward councilman shall be placed upon the ballot when a verified petition with the required number of signatures of registered electors, who reside in the ward in which the candidate resides, shall have been filed in his behalf at least forty-five (45) business days before the day of election in the manner and form and under the conditions established by the election commission, unless otherwise provided by ordinance in pursuance of the Municipal Code.

What is the salary for members of City Council?
City Council members receive a stipend of $6,319 annually.

Is City Council a full-time or part-time job?
While the number of hours that Council members must work is not specified in the Municipal Code, the Councilmember position is generally classified as a part-time position.

Do Council members have offices?
Council members are not provided with an office space by the City, as it is a part-time position.

How much is appropriated in the budget for Council expenses?
For the year ended April 30, 2011, the Council's budget was reduced to $0 due to fiscal constraints in the budget.

Is there a Council President?
No. We have a senior councilmember, but not a Council president. The senior member does not have any added responsibilities or duties.

How can I obtain a Ward map?
You may view and print a copy of a ward map from the web. Other, larger copies of the ward map must be obtained at a cost through the office of the City Engineer.

How can I learn more about the legislative process and how laws are made?
The legislative process is described in more complete detail in Sections 2.06 and 2.08 of the Municipal Code.

What are the rules of order?
The rules of order are laid out specifically in Section 2.08 in the Municipal Code.

What is the role of the City Council?
City Council makes laws, budgets City money, and can investigate City agencies and employees and generally serves as the legislative division of the municipal government. The members of the City Council shall be elected and serve for a four year term, and shall serve until their successor is elected and qualified.

How do I sign up to speak at a public hearing or council meeting?
Those persons desiring to petition or communicate with the City Council must sign up to do so by filing an application form in the City Clerk’s office and turning it in by 3:00 pm on the Thursday before the Council meeting. On the day of the Council meeting, the Mayor must move to allow the requesting person to speak and the Council must approve of the motion by a two-thirds vote. Application to Address the City Council.

In the case of a public hearing, a citizen needs only to show up to the public hearing and sign in on a sheet that will be provided. Citizens may check the designated area on the form to express their desire to speak at the public hearing.