City Council is the legislative branch of government.  It carries out duties in accordance with the Home Rule Charter and the laws of the state, and is primarily responsible for making laws which govern the City of Fairview Park.

Fairview Park City Council is a seven-member body, comprised of:

* Five (5) Ward Councilmembers (elected by respective Ward)
* One (1) at-Large Councilmember (elected at-large)
* One (1) Council President (elected at-Large)

All Councilmembers are elected for a term of four years by the electors of the City. All legislative powers of the City, except as otherwise provided by the Constitution of the State of Ohio, are vested in the elected members of our City Council. An elected member must be a resident of the City for two years immediately prior to his or her election, and must remain a resident for the duration of the Council term. Ward Councilmembers must also be a resident of the ward that they wish to represent for at least two years prior to their election. Councilmembers may not hold any other municipal office or municipal employment in the City.

The President of Council presides over all regular and special meetings of Council and has all of the duties, rights and responsibilities as other members of Council.

City Council proposes, debates, and votes on legislation governing and/or affecting the city.  This body also approves appointments as provided by the Charter, regulates revenues and expenditures, incurs debt, and approves the final operating budget for the city.

All legislation to be considered by Council shall be introduced in written or printed form and requires an affirmative vote by the majority of Council for passage and enactment.Council is responsible for the introduction of legislation generated by the administrative branch of city government. Council may also introduce legislation generated by individual Council Members or Council as a body. Each ordinance or resolution, except for those on emergency passage, must be read at three separate meetings and discussed in committee prior to passage. Emergency legislation can be passed after one or two readings, but must have the reasons for immediate passage attached and requires an affirmative vote of a majority plus one of the voting members for passage.

A Clerk of Council is appointed to serve the term of the appointing council. The Clerk of Council manages the Council office, maintains the city’s public record, prepares resolutions commending or recognizing certain people or events, prepares meeting agendas, maintains the minutes of all Council meetings and disseminates legislative copies and information upon request.

All Council meetings are open to the public and the dates and times of each meeting are given to the local media, all City departments, and posted inside City Hall. Council holds a public session during each regular meeting of Council in order to provide an opportunity for residents and non-residents to address any and all concerns with the Mayor, City Directors and Council.

The City Council adopts its own rules, regulations and by-laws and maintains a record of all of its proceedings. The Council record shall be open to public inspection at all reasonable times.