Borough of Millersville, PA
Lancaster County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Millersville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Manager — See Ch. 64
Salaries and compensation — See Ch. 94.
[Adopted 6-7-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-41]
[Amended 3-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-6; 12-12-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-12]
Regular meetings of the Borough Council shall be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building.
[Amended 3-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-6; 12-12-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-12]
A. 
Special meetings of the Council or any of the Council's committees may be held at any convenient time, provided that the President of Council shall cause notice of the same to be given to the other members of the Council and in accordance with the Sunshine Law of Pennsylvania, 65 Pa.C.S.A. §701 et seq. Any five members of the Council may themselves call a special meeting of the Council, provided that all members of the Council have been duly and legally notified of the time, place and purpose of the meeting and that the proper meeting notice is given in accordance with the Sunshine Law of Pennsylvania.
[Amended 1-27-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-1]
B. 
Executive sessions may only be held in accordance with the Sunshine Law of Pennsylvania.
[Amended 3-2-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-6; 12-12-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-12; 7-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-5]
A. 
At the organizational meeting of the Council, or as soon as practicable thereafter, the President of Council shall appoint such standing committees as shall be established from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council.[1] Said standing committees shall regularly meet at such times and places as shall be established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council.
[1]
Editor's Note: Resolution No. 2008-3, adopted 2-26-2008, established the following standing committees: Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, Planning and Betterment Committee, Safety Committee, Streets Committee and Wastewater Committee.
B. 
Each standing committee shall be composed of four members, the first named to be Chairman of the committee and the second named to be the Vice Chairman of the committee.
[Amended 12-12-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-04]
A. 
The vote in Council shall be taken by acclamation, except the following, in which case the vote shall be taken by roll call by the Secretary:
(1) 
All measures relating to the levying of the annual tax rate.
(2) 
When any vote by acclamation is not unanimous.
(3) 
When any member of the Council shall call for a yea and nay vote.
(4) 
When the law requires a yea and nay vote.
B. 
The yeas and nays shall be recorded in the minutes in all votes taken in such manner.
The order of business of Borough Council meetings shall be as determined by resolution of Borough Council. The President of Borough Council or, in his or her absence, the Vice President of Borough Council may vary the order of business as circumstances warrant.
The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the conduct of the meetings of Council in all cases in which those rules are not inconsistent with any other section of this article or with any provision of the law governing the conduct of a Borough Council meeting.
In addition to keeping the records of the Council and the minutes of its meetings, it shall be the duty of the Secretary to notify officers, committees and delegates of their appointments; to furnish committees with all papers referred to them and to furnish delegates with their credentials; and, with the President, to sign all orders on the treasury authorized by the Council. Prior to each meeting of the Council, the Secretary shall furnish the President with an agenda for such meeting.
[Added 4-24-2018 by Res. No. 2018-11]
Members of Borough Council may participate and vote in meetings of Borough Council by means of telecommunication devices such as telephones or computer terminals which permit, at a minimum, audio communication between locations, provided that the following conditions are met:
A. 
A majority of the membership of Borough Council then in office must be physically present at the advertised meeting place, and a quorum must be established at the convening or reconvening of the meeting. If after the convening or reconvening of a meeting a member has been disqualified from voting as a matter of law, but is still physically present, Council members participating by telecommunication device in accordance with this section shall be counted to maintain a quorum.
B. 
The telecommunication device used must permit the member or members of Borough Council not physically present at the meeting to:
(1) 
Speak to and hear the comments and votes, if any, of the members of Borough Council who are physically present as well as other members of Borough Council who may not be physically present and who are also using a telecommunication device to participate in the meeting; and
(2) 
Speak to and hear the comments of the public who are physically present at the meeting.
C. 
The telecommunication device used must permit the members of Borough Council and the members of the public who are physically present at the meeting to speak to and hear the comments and the vote, if any, of the member or members of Borough Council who are not physically present at the meeting.
D. 
Members of Borough Council may participate in a meeting of Borough Council by telecommunication device only if their physical absence is caused by one or more of the following reasons:
(1) 
Illness or disability of the member of Borough Council;
(2) 
Care for the ill or newborn in the member's immediate family;
(3) 
Emergency; and
(4) 
Family or business travel.
E. 
Members of Borough Council who participate in a meeting of Borough Council by telecommunication device shall notify the Borough Manager by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the Borough Council meeting to enable necessary preparation of the meeting room.
In the event any provision, section, sentence, clause or part of this article shall be held to be invalid, illegal or unconstitutional by a court of competent jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality or unconstitutionality shall not affect or impair the remaining provisions, sections, sentences, clauses or parts of this article, it being the intent of Borough Council that the remainder of the article shall be and shall remain in full force and effect.