[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Penns Grove 1-20-1976 by resolution (Ch. 35 of the 1986 Code); amended in its entirety 7-5-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-5. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Members of the Penns Grove governing body shall observe order and decorum during Borough Council meetings. A member of the governing body shall neither, by conversation or otherwise, delay or interrupt the proceedings of the Council nor disturb any member while speaking nor refuse to obey the orders of the officer presiding over the meeting. Council members shall inform the officer presiding over the meeting before leaving their seats during a Council meeting.
Members of the Borough staff shall observe the same rules of order and decorum applicable to the governing body in § 92-1 above.
Any person(s) making personal, defamatory or profane remarks or who willfully utters loud, threatening or abusive language or engages in any disorderly conduct which disturbs or disrupts the orderly conduct of any meeting shall be called to order by the officer presiding over the meeting. If such conduct continues, the officer presiding over the meeting, at his discretion, may order such person removed from that meeting.
Persons addressing governing body shall be allowed a maximum of three minutes for their presentations and may comment on any governmental issue that a member of the public feels may be of concern to the residents of the community.
No person in the audience shall engage in disorderly conduct such as hand clapping, stamping of feet, whistling, using profane language, shouting or other similar demonstrations which may disturb the peace and order of the meeting.
All persons shall, at the request of the officer presiding over the meeting, be silent. If, after receiving a warning, a person persists in disturbing the meeting, the officer presiding over the meeting may order that person to leave the meeting. If he does not remove himself, the officer presiding over the meeting may remove him.
Any person who resists removal shall be charged with violating N.J.S.A. 2C:33-8, Disrupting meetings and processions.
The governing body will permit the videotaping of meetings provided the following guidelines are complied with:
Borough Council meetings shall be conducted pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order.