Village of Bosque Farms, NM
Valencia County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Village of Bosque Farms as Sec. 2-2 of the 1980 Code, as amended 2-1990. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
The legislative branch of the municipality shall consist of a Council of four Councilors to be elected at large for staggered terms of four years, with terms of 1/2 of the Councilors expiring at the end of one two-year period and the terms of the other Councilors expiring at the end of the following two-year period.
A. 
Qualifications. Each member of the Council shall be a resident of the municipality and a qualified elector thereof. If any Councilor moves from or becomes a nonresident of the municipality during his or her term of office, he or she shall be deemed to have vacated his or her office upon the adoption by the Council of a resolution declaring such vacancy to exist.
B. 
Power and duties. The corporate authority of the municipality shall be vested in the Council, which shall possess all powers granted by law, or other municipal powers not conferred by law or ordinance on another officer of the municipality. The Council shall:
(1) 
Manage and control the finances and all property, real and personal, belonging to the municipality;
(2) 
Determine the time and place of holding its meetings, which shall be open to the public;
(3) 
Determine the rules of its own proceedings;
(4) 
Keep minutes of its proceedings, which shall be open to examination by any citizen;
(5) 
Adopt rules and regulations necessary to effect the powers granted municipalities;
(6) 
Prescribe the compensation and fees to be paid municipal officers and employees; and
(7) 
Prescribe the powers and duties of those officers whose terms of office or powers and duties are not defined by law, and impose additional powers and duties upon those officers whose powers and duties are prescribed by law.
C. 
Vacancies. In case of death, resignation, vacation or removal for cause of any member of the Council during his or her term of office, the Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Council, shall appoint a qualified elector of the municipality to fill the vacancy until the next regular municipal election, at which time a qualified elector shall be elected to fill the remaining unexpired term, if any.
D. 
Oath of office. Councilors shall take the oath of office required in NMSA 1978, § 3-10-2.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Section 1-1).
[Amended 5-2002]
The following shall be observed:
A. 
General.
(1) 
Regular meetings. The governing body shall hold its regular meetings at such time and public places as it designates and deems necessary to conduct the business of the Village. These meetings shall follow a regular schedule whenever possible. Notice of these meetings shall be in accordance with Resolution No. 1 of the Village Council.
(2) 
Special meetings. The Mayor, or a majority of the members of the Council, may call special meetings by notice to each member of the Council, personally served, or left at his or her usual place of residence, and with public notice given in accordance with Resolution No. 1 of the Village Council.
(3) 
Quorum. A quorum is necessary for the governing body to conduct business. A quorum is a simple majority of all the members of the governing body (i.e., three of five members). A majority of those present may act on behalf of the municipality, except that certain actions require a majority or more of the entire governing body, such as the passage of ordinances or resolutions or personnel removal. If only four members of the governing body are present, tie votes may occur on some actions. Such actions shall be automatically tabled until such time as the entire governing body is present.
(4) 
Agenda. All reports, communications, ordinances, resolutions, contracts, documents, or other matters to be submitted to the governing body shall be delivered to the Clerk at least nine days prior to each meeting, whereupon the Clerk shall immediately arrange a list of such matters according to the order of business. Each Councilor, the Mayor, and Village Attorney will be furnished with a copy of the order of business, together with a copy of the minutes of the last meeting prior to the Council meeting and as far in advance of the meeting as time for preparation will permit. Additional items may be added to the agenda by majority consent of the members of the governing body.
B. 
Meeting conduct.
(1) 
Adherence to rules. It is the intent that a meeting be conducted on as informal basis as is practicable to expedite Village business. Business will be conducted generally following good parliamentary procedure at the discretion of the presiding officer. Strict adherence to the following rules will, however, be invoked at the request of any member of the governing body at any time on any or all issues.
(2) 
Rules of debate.
(a) 
Mayor. The Mayor may not make and second motions, may debate from the chair, and shall have all privileges of other members, except that he shall only vote when there is a tie vote.
(b) 
Councilors. Each Councilor desiring to speak shall address the presiding officer and, after being recognized, confine himself or herself to debate, avoiding personalities and indecorous language.
(c) 
Interruption. A Councilor having been recognized shall not be interrupted except to call him or her to order. If called to order, he or she shall cease speaking until the point of order is decided, after which he or she may proceed.
(d) 
Statement in minutes. A member of the Council may request the privilege of having his or her statement on any subject under consideration entered in the minutes, subject to the majority consent of the governing body, provided that any member shall have the right to cause his or her reasons for dissent or protest against the action of the Council entered in the minutes without majority consent of the governing body.
(e) 
Issues not covered. Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall be used by the Council in determining any issue not covered by this section. Any member of the governing body may request that an interpretation of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised concerning any issue be made by the parliamentarian, in which case the decision of the parliamentarian will prevail.
(3) 
Addressing the governing body.
(a) 
Written communications. Interested parties or their representatives may address the governing body by written communication regarding any matter.
(b) 
Oral address. Taxpayers or residents of the municipality or their authorized representatives may orally address the governing body on any matter concerning the business of the municipality, provided that preference shall be given to those persons who may have notified the Clerk in advance of their desire to speak.
(c) 
Reading of protests and petitions. Taxpayers or residents of the municipality and their authorized representatives may address the governing body by the reading of protests, petitions or communications.
(d) 
Persons other than taxpayers and residents. Persons other than taxpayers and residents must receive prior approval before orally addressing the governing body.
(e) 
Manner of address. Each person orally addressing the governing body shall first seek the recognition of the presiding officer and, after being recognized, shall stand and give his/her name and whether or not he/she resides in the Village of Bosque Farms before proceeding. All remarks shall be addressed to the Council as a whole and not to any member thereof unless consent of the chair is obtained. No person, other than a Councilor and the person having the floor, shall be permitted to enter into any discussion without permission of the presiding officer.
(f) 
Time limit. In order that the business of the municipality may be disposed of in an expeditious manner, the presiding officer may place a limitation on the length of time any person may speak.
(4) 
Decorum.
(a) 
Mayor. The Mayor shall preserve the order and decorum, decide all questions of order and conduct the proceedings of the meetings in accordance with the parliamentary rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised unless otherwise provided by ordinance.
(b) 
Councilors. While the governing body is in session, the members shall observe order and decorum and neither delay nor interrupt the proceedings of the Council nor disturb any member while speaking nor refuse to obey the orders of the Council or its presiding officer.
(c) 
Public. While the governing body is in session, no person shall act in a disorderly manner nor, while addressing the governing body, shall any person make any personal, impertinent or slanderous remarks. The presiding officer may bar anyone acting improperly from continuing his address to the governing body.
(d) 
Enforcement. The Chief of Police or such police officer as the presiding officer may designate shall be the sergeant-at-arms of the governing body and shall carry out all orders of the presiding officer for the purpose of maintaining the order and decorum of the session. Upon orders from the presiding officer, it shall be the duty of the sergeant-at-arms to place any person who violates the provisions of this section under arrest and cause him to be prosecuted upon the complaint of the presiding officer in the Municipal Court, subject to punishment by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment in jail not exceeding 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
C. 
Order of business.
(1) 
The order of business of the governing body shall be taken up for consideration and disposition in the following order:
(a) 
Call to order. The Mayor, or, in his absence, the Mayor Pro Tem, shall call the meeting to order at the appointed hour.
(b) 
Roll call. Before proceeding with the order of business, the Clerk or his (her) deputy shall call the roll of the members, and the names of those present shall be entered in the minutes.
(c) 
Reading of the minutes. The minutes of each regular meeting or special meeting of the governing body shall be read at the next regular meeting unless omission of such reading is approved by a majority of the voting members.
(d) 
Reports by officers. Municipal officials and/or committees shall present such reports as may be required by the governing body.
(e) 
Old business. The Council shall consider any business that has previously been considered and which is still unfinished.
(f) 
New business. The Council shall consider any business not heretofore considered, including the introduction or reading of ordinances and resolutions.
(g) 
Petitions. Petitions, remonstrances, communications, and comments or suggestions from citizens present shall be heard by the Council. All such remarks shall be addressed to the Council as a whole, and not to any member thereof. Such remarks shall be limited to a reasonable time, and such determination will be in the discretion of the presiding officer. No person other than the individual speaking shall enter into the discussion without the permission of the presiding officer.
(h) 
Other business. Prior to adjournment, the Council shall, as it deems necessary, consider such business as is not specifically provided for herein.
(2) 
The Council may, by majority consent, modify the order of business as listed above in Subsection C(1)(a) through (h), inclusive.
[Amended 5-19-2016; 12-20-2018]
A. 
All laws of the municipality shall be enacted by the passage of ordinances, all of which shall be reviewed by the Village Attorney. Ordinances shall be numbered consecutively and shall bear a title which shall set forth in general terms its subject matter; shall contain an enacting clause; and shall bear the date, signatures of the Mayor and the attesting officer, and the Seal of the Village. The Village Clerk shall keep a permanent log book in which the original of each ordinance considered, whether or not adopted, shall be kept.
B. 
Employees of the Village of Bosque Farms will not create, write, alter or change any ordinance without the expressed consent of a majority of the entire governing body.
A. 
Resolutions shall be used in every case where an ordinance is not required and shall be appropriate in the following instances:
(1) 
Entering into a contract;
(2) 
Adoption of a policy concerning employees, utility services, or equipment;
(3) 
Granting of a right or privilege to any person when a contract is not required;
(4) 
Changes in the fire districts of the Village;
(5) 
Changes in the master plan of the Village;
(6) 
Authorizing the issuance of bonds; and
(7) 
Where a full and permanent record must be made and kept of the action of the governing body.
B. 
Resolutions shall be numbered consecutively and shall bear a title which shall set forth in general terms its subject matter; shall contain a resolving clause; and shall bear the date, signature of the Mayor and attesting officer, and the Seal of the Village. The Village Clerk shall keep a permanent log book in which the original of each resolution considered, whether or not adopted, shall be kept.
A. 
Notice by publication of the title and subject matter of any ordinance proposed for adoption by the governing body of any municipality must take place at least two weeks prior to consideration of final action upon the ordinance in open session of the governing body; except that this section shall not apply to ordinances dealing with an emergency declared by the chairman of the governing body or the Mayor, as the case may be, to be an immediate danger to the public health, safety, and welfare of the municipality, or to ordinances the subject matter of which is amending a Village Zoning Map or the text of the zoning ordinance, provided the amendment to such Zoning Map has been considered by, and recommended to, the Council by a planning commission with jurisdiction in the matter. Notice of the proposed ordinance shall be published one time as a legal advertisement in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality. Copies of a proposed ordinance shall be available to interested persons during normal and regular business hours of the Municipal Clerk upon request and payment of a reasonable charge beginning with the date of publication and continuing to the date of consideration by the municipality's elected Council.
B. 
Within three days after the governing body has passed an ordinance, the Mayor must sign it and mark it approved. The ordinance must also be signed by the Clerk and must bear the Seal of the municipality. It must then be published as it was passed or by title and summary of the subject matter. Five days after publication, the ordinance becomes effective.
A. 
Standing committees. The only standing committee of the Council shall be the committee of the whole; the Mayor shall be its presiding officer and applicable rules of procedure of the Council shall be observed.
B. 
Special committees. Special committees shall be appointed by the Mayor unless otherwise determined by the Council.
C. 
Reports. Reports of standing or special committees may be made in writing and may be submitted together with the petition, resolution, account or other paper under consideration. All reports shall be filed with the Clerk for entry in the minutes.
The Village Councillors shall, after having taken the oath of office as required in NMSA 1978, § 3-10-2, receive a yearly compensation of $1,200, paid on a monthly basis of $100 per month. Such compensation shall begin on July 1, 1990, and will be paid at the first pay period of each month thereafter.
All officers, elected or appointed to any municipal office, shall take an oath or affirmation to support the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution and laws of New Mexico, and to faithfully perform the duties of the office.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Section 1-1).
Any person elected or appointed to an elective office of the municipality may be removed for malfeasance in office by the District Court upon complaint of the Mayor or Council of the municipality. Any such officer shall be entitled to a hearing at a time fixed by the Court after not less than 10 days' notice of such proceedings by service, as in the case of summons in civil actions, with a copy of the complaint filed in the proceedings.