City Council

Council GroupMeetings

  • 6:00 pm
  • Second and Fourth Monday of the month
  • Joseph Ronnie Rogers Council Chambers
    201 South Walnut Street
    Milford, DE 19963

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to council meetings.

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Agenda packets are also available before the meetings.

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Minutes are available after approval.

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Currently, the City of Milford voters elect eight City Council members, or two from each ward, designated as the First Ward, Second Ward, Third Ward, and the Fourth Ward.  The Mayor and City Councilmembers serve for a term of 2 years.   The form of government established by the Charter of the City of Milford (‘Charter’) shall be known as the "Council-Manager" form. Want to know what ward you live in? Click here and enter your property address.


No person shall be eligible for election as a City Council member unless he or she is a citizen of the United States of America, a bona fide resident of the Ward in the City of Milford where they are seeking election and has continuously resided therein for a period of one year preceding the day of the election, is over the age of 18 years prior to the day of the election, has not been convicted of a felony, submits a criminal background check of the person's entire criminal history record from the State Bureau of Identification, and is nominated therefore, as hereinafter provided


The government of the City and the exercise of all powers as provided in the Charter, shall be vested in the City Council.

At 7:00 p.m. on the second Monday following the annual election, the Mayor and City Council shall meet at the City Council Chamber and shall assume the duties of their offices after being first duly sworn or affirmed to perform their duties with fidelity and in accordance with the Charter.  At that time, City Council members also elect a Vice Mayor to serve a term of one year.

The City Council shall meet regularly at least once every month at such times and places as the City Council may prescribe by rule.  Special meetings may be held in compliance with State law and may be on the call of the Mayor or of four or more members. All meetings shall be public; however, the City Council may recess for the purpose of discussing in a closed or executive session as permitted by State Law.

The City Council shall determine its own rules and order of business and shall provide for keeping a journal of its proceedings. This journal shall be a public record. Unless or until other rules are adopted, the City Council shall follow Roberts Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure.

Voting, except on procedural motions, shall be by roll call, and ayes and nays shall be recorded in the journal or by voice vote at the option of the Mayor, unless otherwise required by State law. Five members of the City Council shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time and may compel the attendance of absent members in the manner and subject to the penalties prescribed by the rules of the City Council. No action of the City Council, except as otherwise provided in the preceding sentence and as permitted in the Charter, shall be valid or binding unless adopted by the affirmative vote of four or more members of the City Council.

The City Council is hereby vested with the authority to enact ordinances or resolutions relating to any subject within the powers and functions of the City, or relating to the government of the City, its peace and order, its sanitation, beauty, health, safety, convenience and property, and to fix, impose and enforce the payment of fines and penalties for the violation of such ordinances or resolutions, and no provision of the Charter, as to ordinances on any particular subject, shall be held to be restrictive of the power to enact ordinances or resolutions on any subject not specifically enumerated. For purposes of this paragraph, resolutions shall include actions by City Council taken in accordance with the Charter.

In addition to other acts required by State law or by specific provision of the Charter to be done by ordinance, those acts of the City Council which shall be by ordinance are as follows:

  • Adopt or amend an administrative code or establish, alter, or abolish any City department, office, or agency.
  • Provide for a fine or other penalty or establish a rule or regulation for violation of which a fine or other penalty is imposed.
  • Levy taxes, except as otherwise provided in Article X with respect to the property tax levied by adoption of the budget.
  • Grant, renew or extend a franchise.
  • Regulate the rate charged for its services or as a public utility
  • Authorize the borrowing of money.
  • Sell or lease or authorize the sale or lease of any asset of the City if its value is equal to or greater than 1/5 of 1% of the assessed value of all real property within the corporate limits.
  • Amend or repeal any ordinance previously adopted.
  • Change of zone or conditional use of land.
  • Acts other than those referred to in the preceding may be done either by ordinance or by resolution.