[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Irondequoit: Art. I, 1-16-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to § 63 of the Town Law, as amended or changed, "The supervisor, when present, shall preside at the meetings of the town board. In the absence of the supervisor, the other members shall designate one of their members to act as temporary chairman. A majority of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but a lesser number may adjourn. The vote upon every question shall be taken by ayes and noes, and the names of the members present and their votes shall be entered in the minutes. Every act, motion or resolution shall require for its adoption the affirmative vote of a majority of all members of the town board."
No additional matters are to be considered until each matter on the prepared agenda has been acted upon by the Town Board.
Members of the Town Board shall vote starting with the member furthest to the Supervisor's right and proceeding from the Supervisor's right to the Supervisor's left, with the Supervisor voting last.
Public input shall be administered as follows:
Speakers may call the Town Clerk to schedule to speak until 4:30 p.m. of the day of the meeting.
Speakers may sign the speaker's schedule until commencement of the meeting.
Order of appearance is based upon the order of sign-up.
Comments on items scheduled for public hearings will not be permitted during public input.
Speakers will be limited to three minutes and may speak only once on each topic.
Speakers will address comments to the Town Board, staff or department heads and not to other members of the audience in the form of an attack or a debate.
Personal attacks will not be tolerated.
Public input will be scheduled for one-half (1/2) hour at the beginning of each Town Board meeting (7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.).
If all scheduled speakers have not been heard, public input will be continued at the conclusion of the regular meeting for anyone else desiring to speak.
No public hearing will be scheduled prior to 7:35 p.m.
No member of the public shall engage in any demonstration, booing, handclapping or otherwise disrupt the formality of the Town Board meeting.
No member of the public shall be permitted to address the Town Board unless recognized by the Supervisor. In no event may any such person speak on one occasion for more than three minutes.
Any person recognized by the Supervisor shall give his or her name and address and the nature of his or her business briefly.
No such person has the right to demand an answer to a specific question(s) from a member of the Board. All such questions shall be directed to the Supervisor, who may either answer them or refer the question to the attorneys for the town, if present, or to a Town Board member or to a department head.
No person recognized by the Supervisor shall engage in any personal attacks against any Town Board member, department head, any town official or employee or any other person in the audience or any person having any matter before the Board; any such person shall conduct themselves at all times in a civil manner.
No person desiring to speak during the public input period may speak a second time until everyone who wants to speak has spoken.
Whenever the Supervisor asks the Town Clerk to read the next agenda item, the Town Clerk shall provide proof of posting and publication to the Supervisor.