Common Council Committee


  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Second and fourth Tuesday of every month
  • City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg,WI 53711

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Common Council agendas are available prior to the meetings.  Minutes are available following approval.
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2025Alder Dist 1,  (Seat 1)
Joe Maldonado 2024Alder Dist 1,  (Seat 2)
Bill Jetzer
2025Alder Dist 2,  (Seat 3)
Gabriella Gerhardt 2024 Alder Dist 2,  (Seat 4)
Jay Allen
2025Alder Dist 3,  (Seat 5)
Shannon Strassman  2024Alder Dist 3,  (Seat 6)
Jim Wheeler 
2025Alder Dist 4,  (Seat 7)
Randy Udell 2024Alder Dist 4,  (Seat 8)
Julia Arata-Fratta


The Common Council shall consist of the mayor and eight alderpersons elected for seats numbered as follows: District 1, seats 1 and 2; District 2, seats 3 and 4; District 3, seats 5 and 6; and District 4, seats 7 and 8.  For purposes of nominations, primaries, ballots, election procedures and filling of vacancies, each numbered seat shall be considered a separate office.  The mayor and all alderpersons shall be elected in the spring election.

Summary of Duties

(a) General powers. The common council shall have the management and control of city property, finances, highways, streets, navigable waters, and the public service, and shall have the power to 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 common council may carry out its powers by license, regulation, suppression, borrowing of money, tax levy, appropriation, forfeiture, and other necessary or convenient means. The powers herein referred to shall be in addition to any other statutory and constitutional powers the common council may have and shall be limited only by express language.

(b) Powers regarding property. The common council may acquire property, real or personal, within or without the city, for parks, libraries, historic places, recreation, beautification, streets, waterworks, sewage or waste disposal, harbors, improvements of watercourses, public grounds, vehicle parking areas, and for any other public purpose; may acquire real property within or contiguous to the city, by means other than condemnation, for industrial sites; may improve and beautify the same; may construct, own, lease and maintain buildings on such property for instruction, recreation, amusement and other public purposes; and may sell and convey such property.

(c)  Powers to finance city government. The common council may levy and provide for the collection of taxes and special assessments; may refund any tax or special assessment paid, or any part thereof, when satisfied that the same was unjust or illegal; and generally manage city finances in accordance with this chapter.

(d)  Emergency powers. All powers enumerated in Wis. Stats. § 323.14(2) shall be reserved and exercised by the common council, or the mayor, as provided in said statute. The mayor may designate temporary and permanent emergency routes, and may designate or suspend traffic control restrictions along such routes.

(e) Construction of powers. All powers given herein shall be liberally construed in favor of the rights, powers, and privileges of the city to promote the general welfare, peace, good order and prosperity of the city inhabitants thereof.