[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Green Tree 5-3-1982 by Ord. No. 994 as Secs. 210.02 through 210.04, 210.06 and 210.99 of the 1982 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Borough Council — See Charter, Art. III.
Administration of government — See Ch. 5.
Regular meetings of Council shall be held on the first Monday evening of each calendar month at 7:30 p.m. prevailing time. Any regular meeting falling on a legal holiday shall be held on the next following Monday at the same hour and place. All meetings of Council shall be held in the Borough Building, including special and adjourned meetings.
[Amended 2-2-2015 by Ord. No. 1731]
Special meetings of Council may be called as provided in Section 401 of the Borough Charter. The Secretary shall immediately notify each Councilman of the time and purpose of such meeting by telephone.
The business of Council shall be conducted in the following order:
Call to order by the presiding officer;
Roll call. (If a quorum is not present, the meeting shall thereupon adjourn, which may be to a specific date pursuant to Section 401 of the Borough Charter);
Reading the minutes of the preceding meeting, approving the same if correct and rectifying mistakes if any exist;
Opening of bids;
Hearing of residents;
Reports of Borough officers;
Reports of committees;
Engineer's report; and
The President of Council, at the stated hour, shall call the meeting to order. He or she shall preserve order and decorum, decide all questions of order and conduct the proceedings of the meeting in accordance with the parliamentary rules contained in the most recent copy of Robert's Rules of Order, unless otherwise provided by statute or by this chapter. Any member shall have the right of appeal from a decision of the presiding officer. No appeal shall be debatable, and the appeal may be sustained by a majority of the members present.
If the President is absent at the designated time for any meeting, the Vice President shall call the meeting to order and preside.
Whenever the presiding officer wishes to make a motion, he or she shall vacate the Chair and designate a Councilman to preside temporarily.
The President, not later than the next meeting after his or her election, unless Council directs otherwise, shall appoint and announce the standing committees. The member first named in each committee shall be the chairman thereof. The standing committees shall consist of three members each, and the President shall be an ex officio member of each committee.
Each member shall serve as appointed unless excused by a majority of the members of Council.
All petitions, communications and other matter submitted to Council shall be read by title and referred to the appropriate committee by the President. The Secretary shall read and record each such reference by title. All bills and other financial claims against the municipality shall, upon receipt thereof, be immediately referred by the President to the Borough Manager for report thereon at the ensuing meeting of Council. Each committee shall, at the next regular meeting, submit a report on all matters referred to it, unless a longer time is granted by a vote of Council. Such report shall be entered in the proceedings. Such report shall recommend a definite action by Council on each item. Any committee may require a Borough officer to confer with it and supply any information needed in connection with a matter pending before the committee.
No ordinance or resolution shall be considered by Council unless presented by a Councilman.
The deliberations of Council shall be conducted in the following manner:
No Councilman shall address Council until he or she has been recognized by the presiding officer. He or she shall thereupon address himself or herself to the President and confine his or her remarks to the question under discussion and avoid all personalities.
When two or more members simultaneously seek recognition, the presiding officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
No person other than a member shall address Council except by a vote of a majority of the members present, except as provided in Subsection A(5) hereof.
No motion shall be discussed or acted upon unless it has been seconded. No motion shall be withdrawn or amended without the consent of the person making the same and the person seconding it.
When a question is under discussion, no action shall be in order except to adjourn; to lay on the table; for the previous question; to postpone to a certain day; to refer to a committee; to amend; or to postpone indefinitely. Motions shall have precedence in the order listed.
Any member wishing to terminate the debate may move the previous question, in which event the President shall announce the question as "Shall the main question now be put?" If a majority of the members present vote in the affirmative, the main question shall be taken without further debate, its effect being to put an end to all debate and bring Council to a direct vote, first upon any pending amendment and then upon the main question.
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order. A motion to adjourn or to lay on the table, and a call for the previous question, shall be decided without debate.
It shall be in order for any member voting in the majority to move for a reconsideration of the vote on any question at that meeting or at the succeeding regular meeting. A motion to reconsider being put and lost shall not be renewed. A Councilman may not change his or her vote on any question after the result has been announced.
Within not more than 10 days after each meeting of Council, the Secretary shall supply each Councilman at his or her residence with a typewritten copy of the proceedings of such meeting. By a majority action of those present, Council may dispense with the reading of the minutes at the ensuing meeting.
[Added 4-2-1990 by Ord. No. 1167]
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC MEETINGS
- All meetings of the Council of the Borough of Green Tree open to the public pursuant to the Act of July 3, 1986 (P.L. 388, No. 84), known as the "Sunshine Act."
- The carrying by a person of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lighted, smoking device.
Editor's Note: This Act was repealed 10-15-1998 by P.L. 729, No. 93; see now 65 Pa.C.S.A. § 701 et seq. (October 15, 1998, P.L. 729, No. 93).
Prohibition. No person shall smoke at any time during any public meeting of Council.
"No smoking" signs. "No smoking" signs shall be conspicuously posted immediately prior to and during all public meetings of Council in whatever room, office or auditorium designated by Council for the deliberation of its public meeting.
Penalty. Whoever violates any of the provisions of this section shall be fined not more than $50, as authorized by the Act of April 27, 1927 (P.L. 465, No. 299), Section 10.1, added by section 2 of the Act of December 21, 1988 (P.L. 1315, No. 168).
Green Tree Borough Council hereby creates the position of "Junior Councilperson." The term of office shall be during the school year, from September through May. Candidates for the office shall submit a written application to Borough Council with a one-page cover letter highlighting the applicant's interest in the position. After considering all submissions, Borough Council shall appoint a student at a regularly scheduled meeting. The Junior Councilperson shall be a resident of the Borough of Green Tree and a student in his or her junior or senior year of high school. The Junior Councilperson shall be sworn in upon appointment and take an "oath of office." The Junior Councilperson shall not receive compensation. The Junior Councilperson shall be permitted to attend all meetings of Council and all committee meetings and shall be permitted to participate fully in those proceedings, except that he or she shall not be afforded the right to vote and shall not be permitted to attend executive sessions.