The Mayor has the chair in the Council and in the Main Committee without, however, being a member of the same. As chairman of the Council, he sets the agenda and conducts proceedings.
"Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats!" The session bell rings out. "I hereby declare today's session of the Council to be open. Before we start with the agenda ... ". This is what it sounds like on every 4th Wednesday in the month, at 3.00 p.m., when Mayor Thomas Kufen welcomes the members of Essen City Council and attending citizens at the start of the Council session.
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