City Council

Westlake City Council 2016

Westlake Council Office Awarded the 2019 OHRAB Achievement Award

The Westlake City Council Office has been honored to be selected as a recipient of the 2019 Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board Achievement Award, which recognizes significant accomplishments in preserving and improving access to historical records. In recognition of this achievement, House Representative Dave Greenspan presented a certificate of commendation to City Council as well.

Over the last ten years, Clerk of Council Denise L. Rosenbaum has digitized and indexed more than 20,000 documents including Council minutes and legislation dating back to 1910, Dover township trustees minutes from the 1800s, newspaper articles and more, making them readily accessible through the City's database and website. Lists of those who served in official capacities in Dover/Westlake the last two centuries have been compiled and are invaluable for genealogical research and history buffs alike.


All are encouraged to tap into these resources as well as to visit the Council office library of records for a step back in time!

Meetings


City Council meets at 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month.
2020 Council Meetings schedule

Beginning Thursday, April 2, Westlake City Council meetings will be live-streamed on the city's website. Residents will be able to watch live and submit comments in advance regarding agenda items via email: drosenbaum@cityofwestlake.org.

The decision to stream meetings in lieu of holding them in person is the result of the current health crisis caused by the COVID 19 virus. It also reflects provisions of Ohio House Bill 197, which permits the use of electronic communications in lieu of in-person meetings during the emergency declared by Governor Mike DeWine's Executive Order 2020-01D (but not beyond Dec. 1, 2020). Read more about the bill HERE.

The decision to stream meetings online rather than to hold them in person takes into consideration the published information on the serious health risk posed by exposure to the virus, and the ongoing formal orders of emergency management including the national state of emergency declared by the President of the United States; the statewide declaration of emergency declared by the Governor of Ohio; specific directives from the State of Ohio Director of the Department of Health and the Cuyahoga County Board of Health; and their clear warnings and recommendations regarding gatherings and meetings. Further consideration and decisions about whether and how to schedule and conduct future council and committee meetings will be ongoing.
 
Committee meetings are typically announced at Council meetings. Agendas for those meetings are posted at city hall, on this web site, on cable television, and at the Westlake Porter Public Library. Also posted at the library are Council meeting agendas and legislation considered at Council meetings.
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Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View All Agendas and Minutes

Legislation adopted or defeated


Legislation adopted or defeated as well as Council and Committee meeting minutes and Dover Township Trustees records dating back to 1831 (and many other public records) are available through eServices. Select the search type "CNL – Legislation/Minutes – Web Access” to access Council and Trustees documents. If you have questions or need further assistance, please email the Clerk of Council.

Council Members


You may contact the Council President and members of Council, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via the Council office message line by leaving a message at 440-617-4050.

Clerk of Council


The Clerk of Council is appointed by a majority of Council members at the first or second meeting in January at the start of each Council term and serves at the pleasure of Council. Responsibilities include managing the Council office, attending all Council meetings, documenting all official Council action taken at those meetings, as well as posting and serving notices required by law. Further duties of the Clerk of Council and information regarding Westlake City Council can be found in Chapter 121 of the Westlake Codified Ordinances.

Westlake's Clerk of Council, Denise L. Rosenbaum, MMC, can be reached at 440-617-4053 or by email.

How to Determine Your Ward


To determine what ward your address falls into and the Council representative for that ward, please view the Westlake Council Ward Map (PDF).

Please refer to Article III, Section III-3, Duties of Council, (c) Redividing the City into Wards of the Westlake Charter for more information.
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