[Adopted 10-14-1974 as Ch. 30 of the 1974 Code; amended in its entirety 9-14-2009 by Ord. No. 1204]
"Borough public meeting," for purposes of this article, shall mean a duly noticed monthly public agenda meetings and a duly noticed monthly regular public meeting held by the Homestead Borough Council during the calendar year.
"Excused absence," for purposes of this article, shall mean any illness or other reason that is given as a Borough Council member's reason for failing to attend a Borough public meeting found by majority vote of Borough Council in attendance at the next Borough public meeting (provided that a quorum is in attendance) that the Borough Council member attends to be of reasonable and of sufficient weight to justify that Borough Council member receiving his or her compensation for the missed Borough public meeting despite his or her failing to attend the Borough public meeting.
The compensation of Borough Council President shall be $87.50 per Borough public meeting attended by the Borough Council President or missed due to an excused absence.
The compensation of each Council member of the Borough of Homestead other than the Borough Council President shall be $62.50 per Borough public meeting attended by said Council member or missed due to an excused absence.
Determination of excused absence. A Borough Council member failing to attend a Borough public meeting due to illness or necessary absence from the Borough shall bear the burden to show that the failure or failures to attend should be deemed excused and shall be obligated to present evidence of the illness or necessity of absence from the Borough to the Borough Council at the next Borough public meeting that the Borough Council member attends following the missed meeting. The Borough Council shall be the final judges as to what constitutes an excused absence.
The compensation of each Borough Council member shall be payable from the general funds of the Borough. No Borough Council member shall receive compensation for any Borough public meeting the Councilperson fails to attend except where the failure to attend is determined to be an excused absence.
Compensation under this chapter and article shall be paid on a monthly basis with checks to be issued at the end of each month for which payment is due for Borough public meetings held during that month. Compensation pursuant to this chapter and article, as amended, shall commence starting with the Borough public meetings to be held in January of 2010 onward.