Title 2 ADMINISTRATION AND PERSONNEL
Chapter 2.08 COMMON COUNCIL
2.08.060 General rules.
A. Conduct of Deliberations. The deliberations of the council
shall be conducted in the following manner:
1. No member shall address the council until he has been
recognized by the presiding officer. He shall thereupon address himself to the
presiding officer and confine his remarks to the question under discussion. No
member shall be interrupted except by a call to order. Visitors shall be
limited to fifteen (15) minutes for the purpose of addressing the
2. When two or more members simultaneously seek recognition,
the presiding officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
3. When a member is called to order, he shall take his seat
and shall not be allowed to proceed until the question of order is decided. No
member shall speak more than two times at the same meeting on any question
except on leave of a majority of the council present.
4. When a motion is made and seconded, it shall be stated by
the mayor or read by the clerk-treasurer previous to debate.
5. When a question is under discussion no action shall be in
a. To adjourn;
b. To lay on the table;
c. The previous question;
d. To postpone to a certain day;
e. To refer to a committee;
f. To amend; or
g. To postpone indefinitely.
These motions shall have precedence in the order listed and
shall require a majority vote of the council.
6. 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, its effect being to put an end to all debate and bring
the council to a direct vote, first upon any pending amendments, and then upon
the main question.
7. A roll call shall be taken on every question, and the ayes
and noes shall be recorded and entered in the proceedings.
8. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and a motion
to adjourn, to lay on the table, and a call for the previous question shall be
decided without debate.
B. Reconsideration of Questions. When a question has once
been decided, any member of the majority, or in case of a tie, any member voting
for 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 original question was decided, a vote of the
majority of the entire council shall be required to sustain it.
C. Call of the Council. A call of the council shall be
ordered at any time by 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 council has been requested and ordered, the door shall be closed until
the report of the chief of police or other policemen has been received and acted
upon, or until further proceedings under the call are dispensed with by a
majority of the whole council.
D. Disturbances and Disorderly Conduct. Whenever any
disturbance or disorderly conduct occurs in any of the meetings of the common
council, the mayor may cause the room to be cleared of all persons guilty of
such disorderly conduct except aldermen. If any alderman shall be guilty of
disorderly conduct, the mayor or presiding officer may order the chief of police
or other policeman to take him into custody for the time being or until the
meeting shall adjourn. Such member may appeal from such order to the council as
in other cases. (Prior code § 2-2-6)