- How state statutes impact the operation of local government.
- Government models and practices of similar cities in the population range of 250,000-500,000.
- Effects of governance models on efforts to increase racial equity and social justice.
- Best practices for ensuring municipal decision makers are representative of, connected to and accountable to all members of the community.
- Other systems/methods for creating multiple avenues for resident participation in government without privileging decision-making based on the time and ability to attend meetings.
- The powers and duties of the Common Council.
- Powers of Council Members to chair meetings.
- The attributes of councils with full-time members, and volunteer councils.
- Number of Council members and the impact one effective representation of residents in general and people of color and those living with lower incomes in particular.
- District vs. at large elections for Council members.
- Remuneration of Council members include a process for a change in pay.
- The size and cost of Council staff.
- The powers and duties of the mayor including the hiring and firing of department and division heads, veto, line item veto and emergency management powers.
- The size and cost of Mayoral staff.
- Powers of the Mayor to chair meetings of the Common Council and Finance Committee.
- Powers of the Mayor to appoint members of the Common Council to Council Committees.
- Powers of the Mayor to appoint members to City Committees.
Boards, Commissions, and Committees
- The committee system, and the use of resident, Common Council and staff members.
- The scope and nature of the powers of committees, commissions and boards, including how they report to the Common Council and how their recommendations are received.
- The frequency and time of day of both Council and committee meetings.