Council Functions

As local legislators, council members are responsible for and responsive to the citizens who elected them.  A council member may perform the following functions:

  • Review and approve the annual budget;
  • Establish long- and short-term objectives and priorities;
  • Oversee the performance of the local public employees;
  • Oversee the effectiveness of programs;
  • Establish tax rates;
  • Enter into legal contracts;
  • Borrow funds;
  • Pass ordinances and resolutions;
  • Modify the city’s charter;
  • Regulate land use through zoning laws;
  • Regulate business activity through licensing and regulations;
  • Regulate public health and safety;
  • Exercise the power of eminent domain;
  • Communicate policies and programs to residents;
  • Respond to constituent needs and complaints; and
  • Represent the community to other levels of government.
*Current City Council Members

*The nomination petition must be signed in person by everyone signing it. The affidavit of candidacy needs to be signed by the applicant, in-person at city hall because we have to notarize it.

Candidates will need to complete the following forms:

For questions, please contact: 

Lindsey Offenburger-City Clerk
P: 515-981-0228 ext. 2230

Norwalk City Hall
705 North Ave
Norwalk, IA 50211