City of Evanston, WY
Uinta County
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§ 2-14 Meetings—Regular.

[Amended by Ord. No. 81-64; Ord. No. 84-60; Ord. No. 85-20; Ord. No. 87-1; Ord. No. 88-17; Ord. No. 91-4; Ord. No. 03-01]
Regular meetings of the City council shall be held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 5:30 p.m. When the day of the regular meeting falls on a legal holiday or the City council finds it inconvenient to meet, such meeting shall be held on a date determined by the City council. All regular meetings shall be held at the City hall or such other public place as the City council may designate.

§ 2-15 Same—Special.

The mayor or a majority of the members of the City council may call special meetings by notice to each member of the council, personally served or left at his usual place of residence.

§ 2-16 Same—Adjourned or recessed.

Adjourned or recessed meetings may be held at such times as the City council may determine.

§ 2-17 Same—Attendance by officers and employees.

[Amended by Ord. No. 83-7; Ord. No. 86-20]
The City clerk or his representative, a competent person, shall attend all meetings of the City council and make an accurate record of all business transacted at each meeting. The City engineer, City attorney, City treasurer, City administrator, City administrative assistant, community development director, director of administrative services, chief of police, and director of public works shall likewise attend all meetings of the council, unless excused by the mayor. All other City officers or employees shall attend council meetings when requested to do so by the mayor or any councilman.

§ 2-18 Same—Presiding officer; signing and recording of ordinances; mayor's vote; absence of mayor.

The mayor shall preside at all meetings of the City council, with the right of veto as provided by state law. Any resolutions or ordinances passed by the council must be signed by the mayor and recorded by the clerk before the same shall be in force. At all meetings of the council, the mayor shall have a vote, but he shall have no vote when the council votes on the question of confirmation of his appointments. In the absence of the mayor, the president of the council shall exercise the powers of the office of the mayor until his return.

§ 2-19 Executive sessions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 81-7]
During the executive session the City council may, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, exclude from the council chambers all persons except the mayor and councilmen. Other persons may attend at the request of the City council.

§ 2-20 President and acting president of council.

The City council may elect one of their body who shall be styled the "president of the council," who shall preside at all meetings of the council in the absence of the mayor, and in the absence of the president of the council, the council may elect one of their own body to occupy his place temporarily, who shall be styled "acting president of the council." The president and acting president, when occupying the place of the mayor, shall have the same privileges as other members of the council, and all acts of the president and acting president, while so acting, shall be binding upon the council and upon the City, as if done by the mayor.

§ 2-21 Call to order; quorum.

At the hour appointed for the meeting, the City council shall be called to order by the presiding officer.
The City clerk or some competent person acting for him shall call the roll. If a quorum is present, the council shall proceed to the business which may come before it.
Four members of the council shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting.

§ 2-22 Order of business.

[Amended by Ord. No. 84-60]
The order of business at each regular City council meeting shall be prescribed in the latest edition of Roberts Rules of Order or such other order as the City council may from time to time establish by consent of a majority of the members present.

§ 2-23 Rules of procedure.

The City council shall follow the procedure established in the latest edition of "Robert's Rules of Order," unless specific provisions of this chapter are applicable or unless the rule concerned is in conflict with state law.

§ 2-24 Preservation of order.

The mayor or presiding officer shall preserve order, prevent personal reflections, confine members in debate to the question and decide who shall be first heard when two members rise at the same time. Any member of the City council, when called to order by the presiding officer, shall at once suspend his remarks.

§ 2-25 Councilmen desiring to speak to be recognized by presiding officer.

Each councilman, before speaking on any question, shall address himself to the presiding officer by his proper title and shall not proceed with his remarks until recognized and named by the presiding officer.

§ 2-26 Motions generally.

No question on a motion shall be debated or put to a vote unless the same is seconded. When a motion is seconded, it shall be stated by the presiding officer before debate or action thereon. Any motion shall be stated by the presiding officer before debate or action thereon. Any motion shall be reduced to writing by the councilman making such motion, upon request of the presiding officer or any councilman.

§ 2-27 Division of question.

If the question before the City council contains more than one distinct proposition, any councilman may have the same divided.

§ 2-28 Authority to state reason for voting.

Any councilman may state his reason for voting upon any question, either immediately before or immediately after the vote is taken, but he shall confine his remarks to the subject under consideration.

§ 2-29 Voting of councilmen generally.

Each councilman who shall be present when a question is to be voted upon shall vote thereon, unless excused therefrom by the City council. He may, before the vote is called for, give his reasons for not voting. If he is directly interested in the question, he need not vote. When he is on trial, he shall not vote.

§ 2-30 Record of ayes and nays.

On the question of the passage of an ordinance or resolution, the vote of the council shall be taken by ayes and nays, and a record of the same shall be made upon the journal, which shall show how each councilman voted.

§ 2-31 (Reserved)

§ 2-32 (Reserved)

§ 2-33 (Reserved)

§ 2-34 (Reserved)

§ 2-35 (Reserved)

§ 2-36 (Reserved)

§ 2-37 (Reserved)

§ 2-38 (Reserved)

§ 2-39 (Reserved)

§ 2-40 Petitions, communications, etc.

Petitions, memorials and all communications and papers addressed to the City council, mayor or presiding officer, or presented by a councilman in his place, may be read by the City clerk at the request of a councilman or the presiding officer.
All petitions, memorials and all communications and papers which may be filed with or delivered to the City clerk prior to the meeting of the council shall be laid upon the desk of the mayor or the presiding officer.

§ 2-41 Ordinances generally.

All laws of the City shall be enacted by the passage of ordinances. Ordinances shall be numbered consecutively and shall bear a title which:
Shall set forth in general terms its subject.
Shall contain an enacting clause.
Shall bear the date, signatures of the mayor and attesting officer and the seal of the City.
The City clerk shall keep a permanent log book in which the original of each ordinance considered, whether or not adopted, shall be kept.

§ 2-42 Resolutions generally.

[Amended by Ord. No. 84-59]
Resolutions shall be used in every case where an ordinance is not required and shall be appropriate in the following instances:
Entering into a contract, except where otherwise provided by Article VIII of this chapter.
Directives of the council or staff member.
Adoption of a policy concerning employees, utilities services or equipment.
Granting of a right or privilege to any person when a contract is not required.
Changes in the master plan of the City.
Authorizing the issuance of bonds.
In every other case where it is deemed in the public interest that a full and permanent record be made and kept of the action of the City council.
Resolutions shall be numbered consecutively, giving first the calendar year, and shall bear titles which shall set forth in general terms the subject matter, shall contain a resolving clause and shall bear the date, signature of the mayor and attesting officer and the seal of the City. The City clerk shall keep a permanent log book in which the original of each resolution considered, whether or not adopted, shall be kept.

§ 2-43 Introduction, reading and enactment of ordinances and resolutions generally; suspension of rules in emergency.

[Amended by Ord. No. 81-133]
All ordinances adopted and passed by the City council shall be introduced in writing or typewriting. Ordinances shall be fully and distinctively read by title on three different days. There must elapse at least ten days between the first and third reading of the ordinance. If three-fourths of the council shall declare an emergency and suspend the rules, the council may, under the suspension of the rules, by another three-fourths majority vote of the council, pass an ordinance after reading of the same by title once, and have it be in effect on the same day as such reading or on any other day, as specified in the ordinance.
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed as prohibiting or preventing the council from passing any ordinance in case of emergency as an emergency ordinance.
All ordinances and resolutions must be authorized by a councilman, and the author's name shall be part of and published with the ordinance or resolution.

§ 2-44 Style, publication, and effective date generally of ordinances and resolutions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 81-133]
The style of each ordinance shall be "Be it ordained by the governing body of the City of Evanston, Wyoming."
Each ordinance shall be published in its entirety in a newspaper of general circulation within the City of Evanston.
Unless otherwise provided, an ordinance shall not become effective until five days after it has been published.

§ 2-45 Amendment or repeal of Code provisions.

The amendment or repeal of existing provisions of this Code or the insertion of additional provisions in this Code shall be done in the following manner:
Ordinances amending existing sections shall designate, by section number, the sections which are affected and set out in full the new language of each section.
Ordinances repealing existing sections shall designate, by section number, the sections which are repealed.
Ordinances adding sections to the Code shall designate where such sections are to be inserted, in the following manner:
Sections which should be placed between existing sections shall be numbered decimally, as illustrated in the following example: An ordinance adding three sections which should logically fall between sections 1-2 and 1-3 would be numbered 1-2.1, 1-2.2 and 1-2.3, respectively.
Ordinances adding new material not presently covered by a chapter heading in the Code shall be inserted in alphabetical order between existing chapters, based on the subject matter of the ordinance. The new chapter shall be numbered decimally as illustrated in the following example: An ordinance adding a new chapter which should be inserted between existing chapters 2 and 3 would be numbered 2.1, with the individual sections of such chapter being numbered 2.1-1 et seq.
Nothing in subsection C of this section shall be interpreted as prohibiting the rearrangement of such additional materials by the official codifier of the City's ordinances in order to ensure the proper codification of such ordinances.

§ 2-46 Repeal of repealers.

The repeal of an ordinance which repeals a former ordinance or provision of this Code shall not revive the former ordinance or provision of this Code, unless expressly so provided.

§ 2-47 Numbering of ordinances.

Each ordinance passed by the City council shall be systematically identified by a number assigned to such ordinance pursuant to the following systematic numbering system, which system is hereby adopted:
The number for each ordinance shall consist of the last two digits of the year, followed by a dash and sequential numbering system for all ordinances during that year, (e.g., the first ordinance introduced in 1978 shall have as its ordinance number the number 78-1).
The numbering system hereby adopted shall reflect the sequence of adoption of all the City's ordinances from the adoption of this Code, and the City shall assign a particular number to only one ordinance.

§ 2-48 Record of names and councilmen making motions.

In all cases where a motion is entered upon the journal of the City council, the name of the member moving the same shall also be entered.

§ 2-49 City clerk to keep journal of proceedings and perform additional duties.

The City clerk shall keep a correct journal of the proceedings of the City council and shall cause councilmen and officers of the City to be informed of such duties as they may be charged with from time to time by the council, and he shall perform such other duties appertaining to him as City clerk. He shall not allow the journal, records, accounts or papers to be taken from his table or out of his custody, except by the regular mode of business of the council or by an officer authorized to do so; and if any paper in his charge shall be missing, he shall report the fact to the presiding officer at once, in order that the loss may be inquired into.
The journal of the proceedings of the City council shall be open for inspection at all reasonable times.

§ 2-50 Bond for elected officers.

[Added by Ord. No. 90-12]
Each City council member and the mayor shall furnish bond in the amount of five thousand dollars in accordance with Article V of this chapter.