Mayor & City Council

Meetings

Business meetings for the Common Council are scheduled the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 222 Lewis Street.

Meetings are open to the public. They are recorded and saved on the City’s website and Youtube Channel

**Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, Council meetings are being held virtually. 

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 the meeting online from their homes in lieu of attending in person.

Please check the meeting agenda for information on how the public can watch and or/participate in the meeting.**

Members

The Council consists of seven alderpersons, one member from each of the City's  four aldermanic districts, three at large, and the mayor.

Dan Toland-websiteDan Toland
Mayor
Term expires April 2022

Todd Bjerstedt-websiteTodd Bjerstedt
Alderperson District 4
Term expires April 2022
Sean Downing-websiteSean Downing
Alderperson District 1
Term expires April 2021

Chris Gagne-webChris Gagne
Alderperson District 2
Term expires April 2021
Scott Morrisette -websiteScott Morrissette
Alderperson at large
Term expires April 2022

Diane Odeen - websiteDiane Odeen
Alderperson at large
Term expires April 2021
benplunkett-websiteBen Plunkett
Alderperson at large
Term expires April 2022
Hal Watson -websiteHal Watson
Alderperson District 3
Term expires April 2021

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.

Powers

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.

Resources

For more information, check out the Public Resources and Transparency pages.

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.