Council's Policies

The Policy Manual

The importance of a policy manual will become apparent the first time you try to find out if a past council established a guideline on a certain matter. Most municipalities maintain a policy manual. If there is no policy manual, the easiest way to start one is to identify decisions made at council meetings that should be included. Some examples are public notice of meetings and expenditure approvals. Minutes of previous council meetings can be reviewed as time permits to identify other decisions to include. Any item added to the manual should first have council approval. Policies should be reviewed and updated to ensure they are relevant.