Welcome to the Rensselaer Common Council
As the council president I am very plesed to announce the first ever city wide poll. I refer to this as a mid year poll. It is my intent to conduct this poll every other year as a way to determine how myself and the rest of the city government is doing. I plan on providing the results to the mayor, the common council, and the department heads as a way to determine how we are doing and as a way for you to help guide us as we plan for the future. Please take the poll located at the bottom of this page and be sure to come back early 2016 to see the results. Thank you for time in helping to guide the city by completing this survey. Sincerely your commom council president, Brian Stall.
The Rensselaer Common Council represents the residents of the City of Rensselaer as the legislative body responsible for setting the governing policies of the city. The Council adopts the City budget and passes laws, policies and regulations that govern the City. It is made up of 6 elected officials, one representing each ward, and is chaired by the Common Council President, who is elected citywide. Its leadership includes the President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader. It is our job to work cooperatively with the Mayor and the City administration to insure that tax dollars are responsibly spent and that all residents have access to the services and programs that make urban living safe, affordable and desirable.
The Common Council meets the first and third Wednesday of each month in the City Court Chambers at City Hall. The formal meetings begin at 7 p.m. A informal session followed by a public comment period, is the first item of business that starts at 6:30 pm. Speakers are requested to keep their remarks to three minutes. Individuals may sign up in the court room at anytime before the opening of the session. Speakers will be called in the order they are signed up.
Public hearings are held on some City ordinances and are advertised. Speakers sign up the evening of the meeting and are called in order. The public hearing ends when all those wishing to speak have been heard.
Committees of the Common Council meet to discuss legislation before the Council and to review policies and procedures of City government. Meetings are scheduled on an as-needed basis with adequate public notice.
New Ward Breakdown/ Alderperson Listing
City Code Online
2015 City of Rensselaer Poll
"Total voters : 99"