[CC 1984 §24.010]
The Board of Aldermen of this City shall meet in regular session in the Council Room of the City Hall on the first (1st) and third (3rd) Tuesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
When any such meeting day is a holiday, the regular meeting shall be held at such time as may be provided by the Board on motion at the previous meeting.
The Board may, by motion, dispense with any regular meeting, but at least one (1) meeting, regular or special, must be held in each calendar month.
[CC 1984 §24.020]
Special meetings may be called by the Mayor or by any two (2) members of the Board by written request filed with the City Clerk, who shall thereupon prepare a notice of such special meeting, stating time, date, place and object thereof, which notice shall be served personally upon each member of the Board or left at his/her usual place of residence at least twelve (12) hours before the time of the meeting, conforming with open meetings law as adopted by resolution. It shall also be the duty of the City Clerk, immediately upon receipt of the request for the meeting, to make diligent effort to notify each member of the Board in person, either by telephone or otherwise, of such special session.
The City Clerk shall make a diligent effort to notify those members of the mass media who customarily attend meetings of the Board of Aldermen of the special session, in the same manner as described above.
Failure to comply with the requirements of this Section shall not invalidate any action taken at a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
[CC 1984 §24.030]
A quorum of the Board of Aldermen shall consist of a majority of the full membership (including vacancies and the Mayor of the City).
[CC 1984 §24.040]
In case that a lesser number than a quorum shall convene at a regular or special meeting of the Board of Aldermen, the majority of the members present are authorized to direct the Chief of Police or other City Officer to send for and compel the attendance of any or all absent members upon such terms and conditions and at such time as such majority of the members are present shall agree.
[CC 1984 §24.045]
All adjourned meetings of the Board shall, to all intents and purposes, be continuations of the meetings of which they are adjournments, and the same proceedings may be had at such adjourned meetings as at the meeting of which they are adjournments.
[CC 1984 §24.050]
At the hour designated for Board meetings the Mayor shall call the Board of Aldermen to order and he/she shall act as President of the Board.
The Mayor shall appoint all committees, subject to the concurrence of the Board of Aldermen, the appointment or election of which is not otherwise provided by this Code or other ordinance.
The Board shall elect one (1) of their own number who shall be styled "Acting President of the Board of Aldermen" and who shall serve for a term of one (1) year.
[CC 1984 §24.065]
Except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance, the proceedings of the Board of Aldermen shall be controlled by Robert's Rules of Order, as revised.
[CC 1984 §24.070]
The Presiding Officer of the Board of Aldermen shall preserve decorum and shall decide all questions of order subject to appeal to the Board of Aldermen. Any member may appeal to the Board from a ruling of the Presiding Officer upon a question of order. If the motion for an appeal is seconded, the member making the appeal may briefly state his/her reason for the same and the Presiding Officer may briefly express his/her ruling, but there shall be no debate on the appeal and no other member shall participate in the discussion. The Presiding Officer shall then put the question to vote as to whether the decision of the chair shall be sustained. If a majority of the members present vote "aye", the ruling of the chair is sustained; otherwise, it is overruled.
[CC 1984 §24.080]
No member of the Board of Aldermen may leave the Council Chamber while in regular or special session without permission from the Presiding Officer.
[CC 1984 §24.090]
At the meetings of the Board of Aldermen, the order of business shall be as follows:
Call the meeting to order.
Reading and acting upon unapproved minutes of previous meetings.
Petitions, remonstrances, complaints and requests and the hearing of any person or group desiring to address the Board. All Petitions, remonstrances, complaints and requests shall be presented to the Board in writing. However, the Board may decide to act on oral discussions of any petitions, remonstrances, complaints or requests presented by the interested parties appearing in open meeting. In this case such discussion by the interested parties shall be limited to five (5) minutes per speaker, except where an extension of time for oral discussion is granted by the Board.
Opening of bids.
Public hearing as required by law or ordinance.
Acting on unfinished business. The unfinished business from the last preceding meeting shall take precedence over any new business.
Reports of special boards, committees, and City Officers.
Resolutions which require action by the Board.
Reading of bills requiring a second (2nd) reading for passage.
Introduction and reading of bills.
[CC 1984 §24.100]
Any member of the Board of Aldermen shall have the right to express dissent from or protest against any ordinance or resolution of the Board and to have the reason therefor entered upon the journal. Such dissent or protest must be filed in writing and presented to the Board not later than the next regular meeting following the date of the passage of the ordinance or resolution to which objection is taken.
[CC 1984 §24.110]
All meetings of the Board shall be open to the public, except when permitted by law the Board may hold a closed meeting.
[CC 1984 §24.140]
Any bill shall be subject to amendment until the vote upon final passage.
[CC 1984 §24.160; Ord. No. 2289-08 §1, 11-18-2008]
All special committees shall be appointed by the Mayor of the City, subject to the approval of the Board of Aldermen, unless otherwise ordered by a majority of the Board. At least one (1) but no more than two (2) Board members shall be on each special committee.
The Board of Aldermen shall cause to be kept a journal of its proceedings, and the ayes and nays shall be entered on any question at the request of any two (2) members. The Board of Aldermen may prescribe and enforce such rules as it may find necessary for the expeditious transaction of its business.
[CC 1984 §24.190]
The Board of Aldermen shall have power to compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers and records relating to any subject under consideration in which the interest of the City is involved, and shall have power to call on the proper officers of the City, or of Camden County in which such City is located, to execute such process. Such officer (other than a City Officer) shall receive therefor such fees as are allowed by law in the Circuit Court for similar services, to be paid by the City. The Mayor or Acting President of the Board of Aldermen shall have power to administer oaths to witnesses.
[CC 1984 §24.200]
Any rule of the Board may be repealed, altered or amended by a majority vote of the members. Every amendment offered shall lie on the table until the next meeting of the Board before voted upon except by the unanimous consent of all elected members of the Board of Aldermen (including the Mayor). Any rule may be suspended by a majority vote of the members of the Board.