The City Council, the policy setting arm of the City, derives its powers from the City Charter and the laws and Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It authorizes public improvements and expenditures, adopts regulations and ordinances, reviews and approves the City's Annual Budget and performs many related legislative tasks.
The City of Quincy adopted a "Plan A" form of government, whereby a city government and legislative body are composed of the Mayor and a City Council. The Council consists of nine members, three elected at-large and one from each of the City's six wards. Under this form of government, Quincy is governed by the general provisions of a "Plan A" form of government.
The City Council meets on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday evenings of each month in the Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall. Meetings are televised live on Local Access Cable QATV Channel 11 and rebroadcast thoughout the week. Check QATV's website for a scheduled rebroadcast.
The City Council's regular business meetings are conducted in accordance with the City Council Rules. A copy of the meeting agenda is available at the City Clerk's Office after 3:30 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting. A summary of the agenda appears on the City of Quincy web site and is broadcast over the weekend on QATV.
The Council's nine committees (Finance, Ordinance, Oversight, Public Safety, Education, Public Works, Seniors, Rules, Parks and Recreation, Downtown and Economic Development and Environment) generally meet either before the regular council meetings or on Monday evenings when a regular council meeting is not scheduled.