Village Council

“The legislative authority of villages shall be vested in the council.” (MCL 65.1). Villages operate as governments of law within a system of constitutional federalism and a complex network of federal and state laws and regulations. At the top are the guarantees and restraints found in the U.S. Constitution and federal legislation and regulations. Next are the Michigan Constitution, statutes, and regulations. Based on a professional understanding of the law and the interrelationships of various levels of the law.  

The governing body for the Village of Three Oaks is the Village Council. The Council is composed of six Trustees and the Village President, elected by voters of the Village. Trustees are elected for a four (4) year term, while the Mayor only has a two (2) year term. Three of the six Trustees were elected in November 2020. Their terms will expire in 2024. The other three are up for re-election in November 2022, as is the Mayor.

Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. The public is welcome to attend meetings. Public Comment is the time for citizens to voice their concerns and opinions on Village matters. Council opens Public Comment at the beginning of each meeting for agenda items. There is also a Public Comment at the end of the meeting to address other issues or concerns. Click here for current agenda.

Council encourages residents to speak with individual Council members as well.

Village of Three Oaks
Council Members
 Term Expires Nov. 2024  Term Expires Nov. 2022
John Kramer
P: (269) 756-9527
Steve Graziano, Mayor Pro-Tem
P: (269) 426-0420
Joe Hinman

Colleen Newquist
P: (708) 822-6323
Tyler Ream
Becky Thomas
P: (269) 369-9741
Village President - Richard Smith
P: (269) 756-9221

Act 3 of 1895
 64.1 President as chief executive officer; duties generally.
Sec. 1.

The president is the chief executive officer of the village. He or she shall preside at the meetings of the council. The president is a voting member of the council. The president shall give the council information concerning the affairs of the village, and recommend measures which he or she considers expedient. Unless otherwise provided in an ordinance adopted under section 8 of chapter V, the president shall exercise supervision over the affairs of the village and over the public property belonging to the village. The president shall see that the laws relating to the village and the ordinances and regulations of the council are enforced.

History: 1895, Act 3, Imd. Eff. Feb. 19, 1895 ;-- CL 1897, 2727 ;-- CL 1915, 2597 ;-- CL 1929, 1507 ;-- CL 1948, 64.1 ;-- Am. 1983, Act 205, Imd. Eff. Nov. 10, 1983 ;-- Am. 1985, Act 173, Imd. Eff. Dec. 2, 1985 ;-- Am. 1998, Act 255, Imd. Eff. July 13, 1998

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