Village Council Meeting Minutes
Please click on the year of the meeting minutes you wish to view then select the date. The minutes are not approved by Village Council until the following meeting and may have changes made to them at that point. All meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend.
If you wish to speak, there is an audience time at each village council meeting.
Ohio’s “Sunshine Laws”
Q: What is a "sunshine law"? A: In Ohio, the "sunshine laws" refer to Ohio's Public Records Act and Ohio's Open Meetings Act. These statutory laws are based on the notion that there should be "openness" in government, with public access to records and meetings and the conduct and activities of government.
Q: What records are public under Ohio's Public Records Act? A: Generally speaking, a "public record" is a record held by a public office and is intended to include such things as paper, computer disks, film/videotape - that is, any item, regardless of its physical form, that is a stored or fixed medium.
Q: What is a public office? A: The Public Records Act specifically defines a "public office" to include a "state agency, public institution, political subdivision, or any other organized body, office, agency, institution or entity established by the laws of this state for the exercise of any function of government." That is a broad definition and has been applied to otherwise private entities that perform a public service and are supported by public funds.
Q: What are a person's rights under the Public Records Act? A: Generally, a person's rights include the right to a prompt inspection of public records and, upon request, the right to copies of those public records within a reasonable period of time.
Q: Are there any exceptions under the Public Records Act? A: Yes. The Act specifically identifies certain records, which are exempt, including medical records, trial preparation records, confidential law enforcement investigatory records and adoption records, among others.
Q: What is Ohio's "Open Meetings Act"? A: This law essentially requires all public bodies to take all official actions and hold all deliberations on official business in meetings that are open to the public.
Q: Do public bodies have to keep minutes? A: Yes. The public bodies have to keep full and accurate minutes in order to enable the public to understand and appreciate the rationale behind the public body's decisions. Those minutes are public records.
Q: Can a public body ever hold meetings in secret? A: Yes. There are specified reasons for a public body to adjourn into what is called an "executive session," although the fact that the body is going into executive session must itself be part of a public meeting and proper protocols must be followed. These sessions are not open to the public. The reasons justifying an executive session include discussions about personnel matters, the purchase of property, pending or imminent court action, and collective bargaining.