The Consistorial House

Imagen de Ignacio Allende, héroe de la independencia

Salón de cabildos

People who integrated the first independent city council

City Council Meeting

Bandera mexicana

Águila que corona la sala

By Jesús Aguado

The most important hall in the city is the place where the past, present and future of San Miguel is decided, the place that once sheltered the Casa Consistorial or municipal palace on Plaza Principal 4, Centro.

Previous to the War of Independence (1810) the consistorial houses were the places from which governmental power was applied. That has not changed for this historical place that saw the emergence of the first independent city council of current Mexican territory, on September 17, 1810.

The administrative offices of the local government were relocated in March 2006, but the city council at that time signed an agreement to never change the purpose of this place. It will always be the Salón de Cabildos—the place for the city council meetings—the place where the city council, made up of the mayor, assistant mayor, and ten city councilors, will meet.

The hall has a rectangular table with 13 seats. The chair in the front is occupied by the mayor; the secretary of the city council, who has voice but not vote in the decisions, is seated on his right; and the assistant mayor, to his left. The city councilors are seated in the lateral chairs.

At the end of the salon, there is a wooden eagle as well as a Mexican flag. The space is also equipped with benches for citizens since the meetings, according to the Municipal Organic Law, are public although they can be declared “secret” by the council, depending on the topics.

When people visit this hall, they always take a photo to remember the place since the central window opens to view of the tower of the parish church of St. Michael the Archangel.

The city council meets twice a month and the Public Relations Department of the local government gives notice a day in advance.

 

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