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Background

On January 7, 2019, the City Council voted to support a Council Initiated Action (CIA) titled the Rochester City Government Transparency Act of 2019 (Transparency Act).  It was submitted by Councilmember Michael Wojcik  The stated goal of the Transparency Act is "Our community wants to encourage broad access to public meetings and transparency through all available channels, facilities and disclosure."

The Rochester City Council does hereby enact the following policies:

1. All official meetings of the Rochester City Council and Committees are video recorded, live streamed, and archived.

2. All meeting of City Boards and Commissions are video recorded and archived.

3. Committee Meetings and other work sessions are to be held around a table where all official can see and interact with all other officials and key staff.

4. All recording quality shall be at a level that a person watching shall be able to interpret and discern all speakers and materials.

5. We recognize that access to public meetings is foundational for participation in our government. Therefore, All meetings must be help in handicap accessible rooms with sufficient capacity to seat members of the public wishing to attend

6. The City will maintain a web page to act as a hub for materials and information surrounding transparency efforts within the City.

Documents

Rochester City Government Transparency Act of 2019 

Annual Appointments to Committees

Contingency Account (1999-2020)

Council Agenda Items Tabled/Continued (2017-Present)

2019 Budget Summary

OPENGOV

Records

Making a request under the Government Data Practices Act

Accessing City Records and Information

Organizational Policies

On May 6, 2019, the City Council voted in support of providing the City Administrator authority to create and amend organizational policies. The policies are internally focused and not intended to replace City Council policies. Below are the policies that fall into that category. 

2020

Disciplinary Action

Donated Time-Off Bank

Grievance Procedure

Job Changes

Job Evaluation and Classification

Personal Leave Without Pay (Non-FMLA and Non-Military)

Recruitment and Selection

Working Hours, Attendance and Overtime Pay

Light-Duty Return to Work

Technology Policy

Vacation Policy

 

2019

Dress Standards and City-Funded Clothing

Employee Separation Notice

Vacation Policy

Post-Retirement Policy