[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Osceola 8-10-1993 by Ord. No. 7-93 as Ch. 2 and Sec. 3.08 of the 1993 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village Board shall consist of the Village President and six Trustees who shall be elected for two-year terms.
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees shall be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. or at such other times as the Board may direct, except that where a regular meeting falls on a legal holiday such meeting shall be held on the following evening.
Recessed meetings. The President may recess any regular meeting until further notice. Notice to the Trustees of the time and place of the recessed meeting shall be given by the Clerk in writing, in person or by telephone.
Special meetings. The Village President or any two Trustees may call a special meeting, subject to posting requirements and notification of other Board members.
[Added 1-12-1999 by Ord. No. 99-01]
The Village President shall preside. In case of absence of the President, the Clerk shall call the meeting to order and the Trustees present shall elect one of their number President Pro Tem.
Duties. The presiding officer shall preserve order and decorum, decide all questions of order and conduct the proceedings of the meeting in accordance with the parliamentary rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order, unless otherwise provided by statute or by these rules. Any member shall have the right to appeal from a decision of the presiding officer. An appeal shall be sustained by a two-thirds vote of the members present, excluding the President.
Roll call; procedure when quorum not in attendance. As soon as the Board shall be called to order, the Clerk shall proceed to call the names of the members in alphabetical order, noting who is present and who is absent, and record the same in the proceedings of the Board. If it shall appear that there is not a quorum present, the fact shall be entered on the journal and the Board may adjourn or the presiding officer or, in case of his or her absence, the Clerk may issue a process to any constable or police officer commanding him or her forthwith to summon the absentees.
Quorum. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. The President shall be counted in computing a quorum.
[Amended 1-12-1999 by Ord. No. 99-01]
At each regular meeting of the Board of Trustees the order of business shall be as follows:
The deliberations of the Board shall be conducted in the following manner:
When a motion is made and seconded, it shall be stated by the President or read by the Clerk previous to debate. All resolutions should be made and submitted in writing.
When the question is under discussion no action shall be in order, except to adjourn, to lay on the table, to move the previous question, to postpone to a certain day, to refer to a committee, to amend or to postpone indefinitely. These motions shall have precedence in the order listed.
Any member desirous of terminating the debate may move the previous question, in which event the presiding officer shall announce the question as "Shall the main question now be put?" If a majority of the members present vote in the affirmative, the main question shall be taken without further debate and to bring the Board to a direct vote, first upon any pending amendments and then upon the main question.
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and a motion to adjourn or to lay on the table and a call for the previous question shall be decided without debate.
A roll call shall not be necessary on any questions or motions except as follows:
All aye and nay votes shall be recorded in the journal.
The Board shall in all other respects determine the rules in its procedure, which shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order, unless otherwise provided by ordinance or statute.
When a question has been once decided, any member of the majority or, in case of a tie, any member voting in the affirmative may move a reconsideration thereof at the same or at the next succeeding meeting, but if a motion to reconsider is made on a day subsequent to that on which the ordinance question was decided, a vote of the majority of the entire Board shall be required to sustain it.
A call of the Board shall be ordered at any time by the request of two or more members and absent members shall be sent for, but a call cannot be made after voting has commenced. When a call of the Board has been requested and ordered, the door shall be closed until the report of the police officer has been received and acted upon or until further proceedings under the call are dispensed with by a majority of the entire Board.
Whenever any disturbance or disorderly conduct shall occur in any of the meetings of the Board, the President may cause the room to be cleared of all persons guilty of such disorderly conduct, except the Trustees. In case any Trustee shall be guilty of disorderly conduct, the President or presiding officer may order the police to take him or her into custody for the time being or until the meeting shall adjourn. Such member shall have the right to appeal from such order to the Board as in other cases.
All demands or accounts shall be acted upon at the time of presentation, unless one or more members shall demand a reference. In the latter case the accounts shall be referred to the Finance Committee and lay over until the next ensuing meeting, unless the Board, by a two-thirds vote of all the members present, otherwise disposes of the same.
Committee members shall be appointed by the Village President annually.
All general ordinances of the Village and all regulations imposing any penalty shall be published in the official paper of the Village once and shall be immediately recorded, with the affidavit of publication, by the Village Clerk in a book kept for that purpose. A printed copy of such ordinance or regulation in any book, pamphlet or newspaper and published or purporting to be published therein by direction of the Village Board shall be prima facie proof of due passage, publication and recording thereof.
All ordinances shall take effect and be in force from and after passage and publication, unless otherwise provided, and published copies thereof shall have appended the date of first publication.
These rules shall not be rescinded or amended unless the proposed amendment or motion to rescind has laid over from a regular meeting, and then it shall require a vote of 2/3 of all the members of the Board.
These rules shall not be suspended except by a two-thirds vote of all the members of the Board.
[Amended 11-10-1998 by Ord. No. 5-98; 1-12-1999 by Ord. No. 1-99]
Additionally, expenses for meetings, conventions etc., shall be reimbursed following the reimbursement policy, as it then exists, for all Village employees.
As a complete alternative to the requirements established by §§ 61.54, 61.55, and 62.15, Wis. Stats., shall be applicable to Village contracts.
The authority vested in the Board of Public Works by § 62.15, Wis. Stats., shall be exercised by the Village Board or as delegated by the Village Board.