The municipal Council shall organize on the first Monday of January following each municipal election at which any Councilman was elected. If the first Monday is a legal holiday, the meeting and organization shall take place on the first day following. The Council shall elect a Vice President of Council to serve in the absence of the Mayor. The Council may transact any further business it deems necessary or appropriate at the reorganization meeting.
Council shall meet regularly at least once a month. Special meetings may be called by the Mayor or by two members of Council with four days' notice. All meetings shall be publicized and open to the public, and the people shall be afforded the opportunity to be heard.
A majority of the members of Council shall constitute a quorum.
[Amended 11-21-2016 by Ord. No. 1882]
No action of Council shall be official unless approved by four or more members.
Editor’s Note: The provisions of this ordinance passed at referendum 11-8-2016.
Official actions of the municipal Council may be taken by ordinance, resolution or motion. All ordinances and resolutions shall be in written form. All actions of a legislative character shall be taken by ordinance. All other actions of Council shall be by resolution or motion, unless otherwise required in this Charter or in the rules of Councilmanic procedure. However, no such administrative action shall be void or otherwise adversely affected if it shall have been taken by ordinance. All final action in adopting ordinances or resolutions shall be by roll-call vote, and the vote of each member of Council shall be entered in the minutes of the meeting. Any Council member may request a roll-call vote on any action.
Meetings of the municipal Council shall be open to the public and shall be conducted according to the rules of procedure that shall be adopted from time to time by Council. Such rules shall be designed to assure full and equal participation in the deliberations of Council by all of its members.
Council shall make and preserve its records and the minutes of its proceedings. These records shall be open for public inspection in the municipal offices during regular business hours.
Council shall provide reasonable opportunity at all its meetings for citizens to address the Council on matters of general or special concern.
Council may make investigations into the affairs of the municipality and the conduct of any municipal department, office or agency, and for this purpose may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence. Any person who neglects or refuses to obey a lawful order issued in the exercise of these powers may be cited for contempt and punished as for contempt of court, and for this purpose the Council may institute appropriate proceedings in any court having jurisdiction over the person or the party so neglecting or refusing.