Borough of Somerdale, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Somerdale 2-11-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Mayor shall call the meeting to order, and after roll call, therein being a quorum present, which shall consist of four Councilmen or the Mayor and three Councilmen, the meeting shall proceed to the regular order of business as hereinafter prescribed.
in the absence of the Mayor, the President of Council shall preside.
The Mayor shall, at all times, except when the President of Council shall preside in his stead, prevent personal reflection and, when two persons take the floor simultaneously, decide when each of the two shall speak and also confine members in debate to the question before the Council. Appeal from the decision of the Mayor shall be to the Council.
The order of business shall be as follows:
A. 
Call to order.
B. 
Allegiance to the flag.
[Amended 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:07]
C. 
Open Public Meetings Act statement.
[Added 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:07]
D. 
Roll call.
E. 
Special presentations.
[Added 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:07]
F. 
Minutes of the previous meeting.
G. 
Acceptance of reports.
[Added 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:07]
H. 
Communications.
I. 
Report of standing committees.
J. 
Report of special committees.
K. 
Unfinished business.
L. 
New business.
M. 
Good and welfare.
N. 
Payment of bills.
O. 
Adjournment.
A. 
Each member of the public may address the Mayor and Council for a time period no longer than five minutes, at the discretion of the Mayor and Council.
[Added 9-12-1990 by Ord. No. 90:07]
B. 
Members of Council, when speaking, shall address the Mayor and when presenting a paper shall briefly state its import. Members shall not speak more than twice and not longer than 10 minutes at one time on any question presented, unless unanimous permission is granted by the Councilmen, nor shall the speaker be interrupted when speaking, except by call to order by the Mayor or by a member to explain or by a call for the previous question.
When a motion is made and seconded, it shall, before debate, be stated by the Mayor. Every motion shall be reduced to writing if the Mayor or any member of the Council so requires. A motion may be withdrawn by any member making it before amendment, postponement or an order to lay on the table for final decision.
A. 
Every motion shall be entered in full upon the minutes, together with the names of the members making and seconding it and the vote "yes" and "no" of the members present, unless the motion is subsequently withdrawn. Motion shall take precedence as follows:
(1) 
Adjournment.
(2) 
Lay on the table.
(3) 
Previous question.
(4) 
Postponement.
(5) 
Commitment.
(6) 
Amendment.
B. 
Motions to adjourn, lay on the table and previous question are not debatable.
A. 
The Borough standing committees shall be appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Council. The first-named person shall serve as Chairman of the committee:
(1) 
Public Safety Committee.
(2) 
Streets and Public Services Committee.
(3) 
Sewage and Public Buildings Committee.
(4) 
Finance, Property and Supplies Committee.
(5) 
Recreation and Welfare Committee.
(6) 
Lights and Water Committee.
(7) 
Land Sales Committee.
B. 
All standing committees shall consist of three members of the Council.
All ordinances shall be presented to the Council either written in ink, typewritten or printed. The subject of each ordinance shall be clearly set forth in its title. All ordinances and resolutions must be submitted to the Mayor and Council two days prior to the first reading of said ordinance. The Council shall have the right to waive this requirement by motion approved by four members of the Council.
All ordinances shall have two readings. The first reading may be by title only and shall occur at a regular meeting. The second and final reading may be by title only. The second reading of an ordinance shall occur at any meeting of the Council and shall not take place until at least 10 days after advertisement. The final reading may be made at the same meeting when the second reading of any ordinance occurs.
An amendment to an ordinance shall be made upon its second reading and shall be in writing. No amendments shall be made to an ordinance upon its third reading.
Every report of a committee shall be reported by the Chairman of the committee thereof, except in the case of sickness or absence of the Chairman, in which case it may be presented by the second member of the committee.
Every member of the committee is subject to the call of the Chairman. In the case of failure of the Chairman to act because of absence, sickness or neglect, the duties of the Chairman shall devolve upon the second-named member of the committee or the Mayor. In the event of resignation of any Chairman, the second member shall act as Chairman until the vacancy is filled by the Mayor and Council.
The Mayor shall be in charge of the Council Chambers at all times. In his absence, the President of the Council shall perform the duties of the Chair, but such substitution shall not proceed beyond adjournment.
The consent of the majority of the members of the Council shall be required to suspend, repeal, amend or supplement any of the rules contained herein.