Mayor and City Council

The City of Ham Lake operates under the Council-Administrator form of government in accordance with the City of Ham Lake Charter. Legislative authority is vested in a five member City Council consisting of a Mayor and four Council Members elected at large for a term of four years. The Mayor and Council appoint the City Administrator and such other officers deemed necessary and proper for the orderly government and administration of the affairs of the City, as prescribed by the charter and applicable laws, and ordinances.

Qualifications for Candidacy

You must be an eligible voter in Minnesota at least 21 years of age or more, not filed for any other office for the upcoming election, and maintained residence in this city for at least 30 days before the general election.

Term and Members

The Mayor and four City Councilmembers have four year terms.

Meetings

Regular City Council meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Ham Lake City Hall. If these days fall on a holiday, the meeting is then held the following night at 6:00 p.m. Persons wishing to be on the agenda should contact City Hall by 4:00 PM the Monday of the week prior to the meeting.

You can watch it LIVE on Cable Channel 16.  Or it is played  back on Cable Channel 16, every day the week of the meeting at 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Special meetings are broadcast live and replayed every day the week of the meeting immediately following other regular broadcast meeting or if there is none at 8:00 am and 7:00 pm.

A block of time, called Public Comment, is reserved at the beginning of each meeting for those persons who would like to address the Council but who are not on the agenda. Individuals are limited to five minutes during Public Comment. We encourage all citizens of Ham Lake to come out and participate in the City Council Meetings.

City Council Profiles

Mayor Mike Van Kirk
Phone: (763) 434-6176
E-mail: mvankirk@ci.ham-lake.mn.us
Mayor Mike Van Kirk
 
Term Begins:  January, 2011
Term Expires: January, 2015
 
Committees: Personnel, Law Enforcement, North Metro TV (Alternate)
   
Councilmember Jim Doyle
Phone: (763) 434-2014
E-mail: jdoyle@ci.ham-lake.mn.us
 
Term Begins:  January, 2011
Term Expires: January, 2015
 
Committees: Metropolitan Council, Road Committee, Audit, Personnel
   
Councilmember Tom Johnson
Phone: (763) 434-8573
E-mail: tjohnson@ci.ham-lake.mn.us
Councilmember Tom Johnson
 
Term Begins:  January, 2013
Term Expires: January, 2017
 
Committees: Law Enforcement, Ham Laker, and Audit
   
Councilmember Gary Kirkeide
Phone: (763) 434-9762
E-mail: gkirkeide@ci.ham-lake.mn.us
 
Term Begins:  January, 2013
Term Expires: January, 2017
 
Committees: Road Committee and Met Council
   
Councilmember Al Parranto
Phone: (651) 775-7174
E-mail: aparranto@ci.ham-lake.mn.us
 
Term Begins:  January, 2013
Term Expires: January, 2015
 
Committees: Fire Dept. Liaison, North Central Suburban Cable, Park & Tree Liaison 

Council Agenda Items and Actions

There are two types of agenda items presented to the City Council. First, are items for informational only.  Second, are requests for appropriate action. Appropriate actions include: no action, postponing action, taking action as recommended by staff, taking action as proposed by any Councilmember. All actions require majority vote of Council member present or in some instances a 4/5 majority.  A minimum of three Council Members must be present for Council to transact City business. Some Council actions require formal documentation beyond inclusion in Council meeting minutes.

Resolutions - A resolution grants authority to perform an action, such as enter into a contract with a vendor or authorize the budget for the coming year.
Ordinances - An ordinance is an amendment, deletion, or addition to the Ham Lake City Code. In other words, it is a City law or statute.