[HISTORY: Derived from Ch. I, Part 2, of the 1964 Code of Ordinances of the City of Monessen. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 1-20-1966 by Ord. No. 626; 4-30-1970 by Ord. No. 11-1970; 4-30-1976 by Ord. No. 15-1976; 1-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2-2014; 8-13-2014 by Ord. No. 4-2014; 1-26-2015 by Ord. No. 1-2015]
The regular meeting place of the City Council of the City of Monessen, a City of the Third Class, shall be the Monessen Municipal Complex, 1 Wendell Ramey Drive, Monessen, Pennsylvania 15062.
Regular meetings shall be held on the fourth Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m..; except, however, when the fourth Monday of the month shall be a legal holiday, then the meeting shall be held on the following day or such other time as determined by the City Council, at the same time and place.
The standing rules of order for conducting the business of Council shall be as follows:
Precisely at the hour fixed by rule or adjournment, three members being present, the President shall take the chair, call the meeting to order and proceed to business.
Should three or more members be present at the hour fixed and the President absent, the Director of Accounts and Finance shall serve for that meeting or until the President shall appear.
Should a quorum not assemble at the hour fixed or within a reasonable time thereafter, the members present shall be competent to adjourn from time to time until a quorum may be obtained.
The order of transacting business shall be as follows:
Calling of the roll of members
Reading and correcting the minutes
Reports of Departments
Reports of special committees
A motion made must be seconded and then repeated distinctly by the President or read aloud by the Clerk before it is debated, and every motion shall be reduced to writing.
A member having made a motion shall have liberty to withdraw it, with leave of his second, before any debate has been had, but not after debate without consent of Council.
Consideration of any question may be postponed to a fixed time, or the question may be suppressed altogether by an indefinite postponement.
A motion once voted down cannot be renewed at the same meeting.
An amendment may be moved on any motion or previous amendment; but no more than one amendment to an amendment shall be entertained. The question shall be first taken on the latest amendment and on the original motion last.
When a motion under debate is composed of two or more parts, constituting independent questions, any two members may require it to be divided and have a vote taken on each part.
When any business is brought regularly before the Council, the consideration thereof shall not be interrupted except by a motion for adjournment, to lie on the table, for the previous questions, for postponement, for commitment or for amendment, which shall have preference in the order stated.
A motion for adjournment shall always be in order (except when a vote is being taken or a member is addressing Council) and shall be decided without debate.
Two or more members may move the previous question, rising for that purpose; when all debate shall be precluded. Yet the call for the previous question shall not cut off any pending amendment, but the vote shall be taken, without debate, on the amendments in their order, and finally on the main question.
A motion for reconsideration can only be entertained when made and seconded by members who voted with the majority on the original question.
When a blank is to be filled, the question shall be first taken on the largest sum, the greatest number and the most remote day.
On questions of order, adjournment, postponement or commitment of the previous question, no member shall speak more than once. On all other questions, each member may speak twice, but not oftener without express leave being granted by Council.
No member shall be interrupted while speaking, unless he is out of order or for the purpose of correcting mistakes.
No member shall be allowed to indulge in personal reflections.
When a member acts in any respect in a disorderly manner, it shall be the privilege of any member, and the duty of the President, to call him to order.
When a member considers himself aggrieved by a decision of the President, it shall be his privilege to appeal to the Council, and the vote on such appeal shall be taken without debate.
No member should decline voting without weighty reason; yet silent members must be considered as acquiescing with the majority of those who vote on any question.
When the President has commenced taking a vote, no further debate or remark shall be admitted, unless there has evidently been some mistake, in which case the mistake shall be rectified, and the President shall recommence taking the vote.
The first member recognized by the President as desiring to speak has the right to the floor.