City Code: 100:5


Section 100 - Rules for the Organization and Procedure of the Council

Section 100:00. Regular Meetings.

Subd. 1. Time. The first regular meeting after the biennial election shall be held on the first Tuesday of January in such year. Thereafter, the City Council shall hold regular meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the hour as designated by resolution of the Council, provided, however, that when the day fixed for any regular meeting of the Council falls upon a day designated by law as a legal or a national holiday, such meeting shall be held at the same hour on the next succeeding day, not a holiday.

Subd. 2. Place. All regular meetings of the Council shall be held in the Council Chambers in City Administration Building in said City provided, however, that such regular meetings may be from time to time adjourned to such other time or location as may be determined by the Council.

Section 100:05. Special Meetings. The Mayor, or at his refusal, any four (4) members of the Council, may call special meetings by notice to each of the members, to be delivered personally or left at their usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion residing therein.

Section 100:10. All Meetings Public. All Council meetings, including special and adjourned meetings, shall be open to the public.

Section 100:15. No Meeting During Precinct Caucus. No Council meeting shall be conducted after 7:00 P.M. on the day of a political party precinct caucus, nor before 8:00 P.M. on any election day in the City.

Section 100:20. Presiding Officer. The president and vice-president shall be elected biennially at the first regular meeting after the biennial election by the members from their membership. The president, or vice-president in the presidents absence, or at the presidents request, shall be the presiding officer of the Council. The president of the Council, or in his absence, the vice-president of the Council, shall take the chair precisely at the hour appointed by the meeting and shall immediately call the Council to order. Eff. 12/21/99

Section 100:25. Quorum. A majority of all the members elected to the Council shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Council. A smaller number may, however, adjourn from day to day and compel the attendance of absent members.

Section 100:30. Roll Call. Before proceeding with the business of the Council, the Clerk-Treasurer or his deputy shall call the roll of the members in an order to be determined by the president elect immediately upon his taking such office.

Section 100:35. Silence Constituting Affirmative Vote Majority Vote Construed. On a voice vote where no roll is called and where no ballots are cast, unless a member of the Council stated that he is not voting, his silence shall be recorded as an affirmative vote. Where a mere majority vote on the proposition is required and there is a quorum present, it shall be sufficient to carry such proposition if the number voting on such proposition shall be a majority of the votes actually cast, provided that the number voting in favor of such proposition shall equal a majority of all the members of the Council.

Section 100:40. Parliamentary Practice. The rules of parliamentary practice, embraced in "Roberts Rules of Order Revised," as amended, shall govern the Council in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the Charter of the City and the standing rules of the Council. The City Attorney shall act as parliamentarian and the president, or in his absence, the presiding officer, shall decide the questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Council.

Section 100:45. Suspension of Rules. No rule of the Council shall be suspended, altered or rescinded except upon the affirmative vote of four (4) members of the Council, and unless notice of such change shall have been given at a previous meeting.

Section 100:50. Vacancy. Where a vacancy on the Council exists and where there are more than two (2) applicants for the vacancy, the Council shall conduct a preliminary election among its members. Each Council member shall vote for two (2) of the applicants. Subsequent ballots shall be taken until two (2) nominations remain. A final ballot shall be taken between the two (2) nominees and the nominee receiving a simple majority shall be sworn and seated and shall serve until the next regular City Election.

In the event of a tie vote, the matter shall be decided by lot.

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