Joseph M. Cavo
||155 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Term: 12/02/2015 - 12/01/2017
Agendas & Minutes:
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Statement of Mission: As the legislative body of the City, the City Council is empowered to enact, amend or repeal ordinances. The City Council approves the appropriation of funds, adopts the City’s Operating and Capital Budgets, sets the mill rate, and has overall legislative oversight over the City of Danbury
The City of Danbury’s legislative branch is known as the City Council. The City Council is responsible for governing the management of the city, which includes regulating the operations of all departments and boards. The City Council has the power to create new ordinances, and change or abolish them, in order to provide for a more efficient, safe and economically sound city.
The council consists of twenty-one members, all are residents of Danbury. There are two elected officials from each ward and seven at large members, all of whom serve a term of two years. The current Danbury City Council consists of 15 Republicans and 6 Democrats.
During the June 2013 to July 2014 fiscal year, City Council members have contributed countless volunteer hours to addressing the needs and challenges facing our city, residents and taxpayers.
A common task of the Council is to appoint individuals to boards and commissions, and to approve the appointment of department heads; this year, the Council welcomed a new Fire Marshall, Library Director, and a newly created position for a City Historian. The appointment of a City Historian takes a vital step in the preservation of our past for future generations, and encourages tourism and advocacy.
The Council worked especially hard to amend an existing Tax Relief ordinance which limited property tax increases on residential and apartment properties. It also addressed revaluations and adjustments, for the purpose of helping taxpayers who were especially affected by property value increases in recent years. The council also applied a Senior Tax Freeze for qualifying senior homeowners.
One of the City Council’s vital tasks is to review and approve the municipality’s budget. This year saw various cost saving initiatives and reevaluations which focused on impacting taxpayers as little as possible. Council members began reviewing the Mayor’s proposed budget in April and after a long thoughtful process, the Council approved the final budget.
The Council worked together in supporting public safety programs such as the State’s 2014 Comprehensive DUI Enforcement Program, which provided additional funding for DUI enforcement by the Danbury Police Department. Funding was also approved for critical improvements to the City’s Emergency Medical Dispatch Program and software; ensuring that the most recent EMD protocols and procedures are being followed.
Additional council communications included the expansion of city sewer services to area roads, the roof replacement at Morris Street School, a new Veterans Market Nutrition Program, and accepting the donation of an electronic vehicle charging station for the Patriot Garage. A special resolution was made this year by Councilmen Tom Saadi and Andrew Wetmore, who proposed establishing Hat City Day in Danbury, the resolution was fully supported by their peers and the first Tuesday of December is now celebrated as Hat City Danbury Day. The Day is meant to encourage our community to embrace our famous hat-making and manufacturing past, and to make new generations aware of our history. The first Hat City Danbury Day will take place on December 2, 2014.
The City Council shall be vested with the legislative power of the City. The Council, by majority vote with the Mayor's approval or 2/3 vote with the Mayor's disapproval, shall have the power to enact, amend or repeal ordinances and to create or abolish by ordinance, boards, commissions, departments and offices. Every ordinance shall be published within 10 days after enactment. Upon a petition of not less than 15% of the electors of the City filed with the Town Clerk within 30 days after publication of any ordinance, asking that the ordinance be submitted to the voters of the City at the next regular or special meeting, the ordinance shall be submitted and it shall not become effective unless a majority of the voters at such a meeting vote in favor. An ordinance stated to be a public emergency measure shall become effective immediately after publication and no public hearing is required.
For a detailed description of the City Council's responsibilities please refer to the section of the City Charter listed as "The City Council."
To contact specific Council members, you may email them at their addresses below, or you may write to them c/o Jean Natale, Legislative Assistant, City Hall, 155 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, CT 06810