The Water and Light Commission is responsible for the management, control and supervision of any and all of the property pertaining to the water, light, and communications utilities. The commission protects all property under its charge and management from all unnecessary damage or loss, keeps the water, electric and communications systems and appliances in good repair, procures at the expense of the city all materials necessary to operate the water, electric and communications systems, and employs all labor necessary in the operation, management and extension of the systems. The water and light commission consists of seven members. Two of the members are the mayor and a member of the common council who is appointed by the mayor. The remaining five members are city residents.