[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Dover as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-13-2013 by Ord. No. 2013.10.09-013 as Ch. 2 of the 2013 Code]
The purpose of this article is to establish an orientation program for all members of the Dover City Council prior to the start of their terms of office in order to comply with the provisions of Dover City Charter § C3-2. Effective service as a City Councilor demands a thorough knowledge of the processes of City government in order to permit reasonable decisions by Councilors in representing the interests of the Dover residents. The orientation program shall be comprehensive and complete to assist Councilors in serving the residents of Dover.
The City Manager, or designee(s), shall prepare and present an orientation program for City Councilors. The program shall include, but not be limited to, written materials, as amended from time to time, available to the Councilors after their election. The orientation program shall include a review and vote of the existing Council.
The content of the orientation program shall include, but not be limited to, information on the role of City Councilors, general responsibilities, ethics, budget preparation and adoption procedures, the City Charter, City ordinances, and state law. The program shall include consultations with City staff and a tour of City buildings and facilities.
The orientation program shall be conducted prior to the organizational meeting conducted pursuant to § C3-2 of the Dover City Charter.
City Council orientation segments shall be video recorded and broadcast.
[Adopted 3-25-2020 by Ord. No. 2020.03.11-003]
Pursuant to Section C3-6 of the City’s Charter, City Councilors shall receive as salary the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per year, plus reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred in the performance of their work as approved by affirmative vote of the Council. The Mayor shall receive an additional $200 per year and the Deputy Mayor shall receive an additional $50 per year.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, individual City Councilors, the Mayor, or the Deputy Mayor may decline and waive any salary upon written notice.