A majority of the Council assembled at the time and place of meeting shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but if a quorum shall not be present within 15 minutes after the time appointed for the meeting, those assembled may adjourn to the next stated meeting or, from time to time, compel the attendance of absent members. The Clerk/Administrator shall keep a record of all such adjourned meetings.
On the appearance of a quorum, the presiding officer shall call the Council to order, and no member shall then leave the room without permission from a majority of the Council.
The order of business shall be as follows:
Roll call, with the names of members present to be entered on the minutes.
Reading of minutes of the previous meeting and correction thereof in case of mistakes.
Open to the public.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
Committee on Finance.
Committee on Streets.
Committee on Fire and Emergency Management.
[Amended 5-17-1988 by Ord. No. 1551-88-A]
Committee on Property.
Committee on Water and Sewers.
Committee on Police.
Committee on Building Code Appeal.
Parks and Recreation Committee.
Report of Mayor.
The President shall preside at all meetings of the Council, preserve order and decorum and decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Council upon a call by three members, on which appeal no member shall speak more than once. He or she shall appoint the standing and special committees, unless the Council by a two-thirds vote of those present shall otherwise direct.
[Amended 10-19-1976 by Ord. No. 1294-76]
All meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.
Any member desiring to speak upon a matter before the Council or to present any petition, report, bill or other communication shall rise in his or her place and address the President, who shall decide which of two or more members rising at the same time shall have the floor.
No member shall speak more than three times on any question at the same sitting except by leave of a majority of the Council present.
No motion shall be debated unless the same shall have been seconded, and when a motion shall have been made and seconded, it shall be stated by the President, or reduced to writing if desired, and read by the Clerk/Administrator before debate.
If any question in debate contains several distinct propositions, division shall be made at the request of any member.
When a question has been once put and decided, it shall be in order for any member who voted in the majority to move the reconsideration thereof, but no such motion shall be in order more than once nor unless made on the same day in which the vote was taken or at the next meeting of the Council.
At the call of any two members, a vote shall be taken by yeas and nays, and upon such call every member must vote unless excused by a majority of those present.
The title of any ordinance or bylaw which shall be presented with leave or reported by a committee shall be taken for its first reading on the same evening it is presented or reported, for the information of the members as to its contents, provided that any member may call for the reading of any ordinance read by title; and provided further that on the request of two members, the ordinance so presented or reported shall be printed and each member furnished a copy at least 24 hours before it is placed on second reading. It may then be ordered to have a second reading at the next meeting of the Council, and no such ordinance or bylaw shall have a second reading on the day when it is presented. On the second reading of an ordinance or bylaw it shall be read through regularly by sections, pausing between each, so that amendments may, if desired, be made. It shall then be declared open to amendment in all its parts. Having again been read through with its amendments, if any have been made, the question shall be upon its passage, which question must always be taken by yeas and nays, with a majority of the Council being necessary for such passage.
The acceptance or adoption of a report shall dissolve the special committee making it.
No bylaw or order of the Council shall be suspended, altered or amended unless such suspension, alteration or amendment shall have been proposed at a regular or special meeting and adopted at the next succeeding meeting by a majority of the Council. Any such bylaws or orders may be suspended temporarily, with the consent of 2/3 of the members of the Council.