The council is the people's representation of the municipality. It is elected for a period of 5 years - its current term lasts until autumn 2025. The council of the city of Beckum currently consists of 38 council members and the mayor as chairman.
According to the Municipal Code of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Council is responsible for all matters of the city administration and takes the necessary decisions. It gives orders to the administration, specifies guidelines and principles according to which the administration should work, and at the same time controls the administration. In order to ensure that all matters of importance to the city are dealt with as quickly as possible, the council can form committees on various key topics and also delegate the decision on certain matters to these committees or the mayor.
The Council and its committees generally meet in public, but for certain matters the public may be excluded, for example, the awarding of contracts or personnel matters.
As an owner-operated company, Städtische Abwasserbetrieb Beckum takes over the municipal wastewater disposal obligation. At its meeting yesterday, the operating committee agreed to examine the transfer of this duty to the Lippeverband with an open mind.
New rules apply to urban development funding. The City of Beckum has therefore identified the projects from the Integrated Urban Development Concept for Neubeckum City Centre (ISEK Neubeckum) that are to be transferred to an initial application under the NRW Urban Development Guideline 2023.
In the last council meeting before the summer break, City Treasurer Thomas Wulf presented the draft of the 2022 annual financial statement and was able to paint a much more positive picture compared to the planning.