The Shorewood City Council is comprised of the mayor and four council members who serve staggered four-year terms. Council members are elected at large, meaning they represent the entire city and not a specific ward, or section of the city.
Council members are the legislators of the city and are democratically elected to decide which services to provide and how to pay for them. Among many other functions, the Shorewood City Council is responsible for establishing priorities and making policy decisions, enacting ordinances and resolutions, adopting the budget and making personnel decisions.
- Paula Callies (December 2024); phone: 952.474.0721
- Nathaniel Gorham (December 2022); phone: 617.780.7771
- Patrick Johnson (December 2024); phone: 612.217.4704
- Debbie Siakel (December 2022); phone: 612.868.1002
Ways to Contact the City Council
Contact the Mayor, Council by Email, Phone or Letter
Emails directed to the city council and sent to email@example.com are received and read by the mayor and all council members. Individual contact information for the mayor and council members is found at ci.shorewood.mn.us/citycouncil, or by calling city hall at 952.960.7900. Because of Open Meeting Laws, council members cannot engage in back-and-forth communications involving three or more members. Data practices laws also apply. Therefore, you might not receive a response from all council members, or you might receive a response from the city administrator or other staff member.
Public hearings are one way the council obtains feedback on specific issues before a decision is made, mostly on land use and zoning matters. Public hearings are usually conducted by the planning commission. The goal of a public hearing is to consider all perspectives. Not all issues coming before the council involve a formal public hearing. Advance notice of public hearings is posted on the city website and is mailed to residents within a legally prescribed boundary. You can sign up to receive emails of all public hearing notices at ci.shorewood.mn.us/enews.
Public Comment During a Council Meeting
“Matters from the Floor” is on the council agenda as a time for the public to raise issues and make comments for items not otherwise on the agenda. No action will be taken for issues raised, although an item may be placed on a future agenda. Because the council meeting is a business meeting to consider matters on the agenda and to give equal opportunity to all participants, individuals have three minutes to speak.
Council Agendas and Project Information
Council meetings are regularly scheduled for second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at city hall, with adjustments for holidays. Work sessions occasionally take place prior to the regular meeting. The agenda and an updated meeting schedule are available on the city’s website, usually the Thursday prior to the meeting.
Sign up to receive email updates on items of interest at ci.shorewood.mn.us/enews.
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