Cranberry Township is governed by an elected body organized under the Borough Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Borough Council consists of seven elected officials, each serving a four-year term.
All Borough meetings begin at 7:00 PM, unless otherwise advertised. They are held in the Borough Building unless otherwise noted. Agendas are posted on the Borough website in advance of the Borough meeting and the minutes of those meetings are posted to the website following the meeting.
The Council meets once a month and this typically occurs on the first Monday of each month. Public comment on any item, on or off of the agenda, is welcome at all Council meetings. Minutes are taken at all meetings to record the formal actions taken by the Board and to summarize its comments and discussion.
Glossary of Terms
A public hearing is a formal proceeding held pursuant to public notice by the Borough and conducted during a public meeting. It is intended to inform the Board and obtain public comment prior to taking action. Public Hearings are held for any amendment to the zoning and/or subdivision ordinance, any action on a Planned Residential Development, or any request for Conditional Use Approval. Hearings follow specific legal procedures.
A public meeting is a meeting of the Borough Council which has been advertised and is designed to take all official actions, and conduct all deliberations leading up to official actions, at public meetings.
A resolution is a formal expression by vote of the Council.
An ordinance is an enforceable law enacted by the Council. It is required to be advertised in advance of the meeting at which it will be considered.
Executive sessions are private meetings of the Council in which they are permitted to discuss four topics: litigation, personnel issues, contract negotiations, and acquisition of land. All Executive Sessions are announced, including their purpose, by the Council President.
The Borough Solicitor is an attorney appointed by the Borough Council to advise the Borough.
The public comment period is the time when visitors can bring matters before the Council. Speakers are asked to state their name and to be conscious of the limited time available to the Council for transacting its business.