Mayor & City Council
2019 River Falls City Council, left to right: Sean Downing, Christopher Gagne, Scott Morrissette, Mayor Dan Toland, Diane Odeen, Todd Bjerstedt, Michael Page, and Hal Watson
Business meetings for the Common Council are scheduled the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Meetings take please in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 222 Lewis Street, River Falls, Wisconsin.
Meetings are open to the public. They are recorded and saved on the City’s Youtube Channel. View City Council meetings online here.
**Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, all members of this governing body attend meetings via telephone or internet.
For Council meetings, the Chambers will be open to the public but limited to 10 attendees or less due to social distancing. (Use the lower level doors to enter.) For your personal safety and the safety of our community, interested persons are invited to watch from their homes in lieu of attending the meeting in person.
Please check the meeting agenda for information on how the public can watch and or/participate in the meeting (https://www.rfcity.org/AgendaCenter ).**
There are seven alderpersons who are elected in the spring election to the council: one member from each of the four aldermanic districts, three at large, and one mayor.
Duties & Mission
The Mayor and City Council are the governing body for the City of River Falls. The Common Council Bylaws regulate the business of the City Council by clarifying or summarizing City ordinances and policies, or guiding the City Council in municipal matters. Except as otherwise provided by law, the City Council shall have the management and control of the city property, finances, highways, streets, utilities, and the public service. The Council may act for the government and good order of the city, for its commercial benefit, and for the health, safety, welfare, and convenience of the public.
The Council may carry its powers into effect by license, regulation, suppression, borrowing, taxation, special assessment, appropriation, imposition, of forfeiture and other necessary or convenient means.
State of the City
Annually, the City Council receives a State of the City address. The address highlights City happenings from the previous year. In 2012, the address began to be produced in a video format that highlighted major accomplishments supporting the established organizational goals. View the 2019 State of the City.