All legislative powers of the Borough of Hopewell are exercised by the Borough Council. These powers can take the form of a resolution, ordinance or proclamation.
The Borough Council meets once a month, usually the first Monday of the month, at 7:00 PM in the Court Room at Borough Hall. The Mayor presides at these meetings. These meetings are open to the public in accordance with the Open Public Meetings Act, and all public meetings have time allotted for members of the public to speak on any issues they wish to address to the Council.
The Mayor appoints volunteers to serve on the various boards and commissions to assist the Borough with its duties and responsibilities to the community. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a board or commission, contact the Mayor or Administrator/Clerk.
A resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will or intent of a governing body. The Council is the governing body in the Borough of Hopewell. Resolutions are passed at the same meeting they are introduced. Most administrative matters are handled by resolution.
An ordinance is a local law set forth by the governing body. The Council is the governing body of Hopewell Borough. Any time the Council wishes to pass a local law or ordinance, it must be introduced at a public meeting. Once it is introduced, the Borough publishes the ordinance in the legal section of the Hopewell Valley News and/or the Trenton Times. The publication indicates the date and time established the by Council for the public hearing on the ordinance. At the public hearing, the ordinance is read by title and then the floor is opened to members of the public who wish to make comments on the ordinance. After the public is finished commenting, the public portion of the hearing is closed and the members of the Council vote on the ordinance. If passed, the ordinance is again published in the local paper and takes effect immediately upon publication or following the statutory waiting periods.
A proclamation is a document given by the Mayor and Council to formally recognize an individual, organization, special event, achievement or cause, etc. Proclamations are generally read at public meetings and presented to the person or group being recognized. Examples of proclamations include recognizing Borough residents who have attained the Eagle Scout Award in Boy Scouts or declaring a community-organized “Hopewell Night Off.”