Council Rules

Regular Council Meetings

The City Council shall hold its regular meetings at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, provided that, if the regular meeting date falls on a legal holiday, the meeting shall be held upon the succeeding day. (Ord. 853, 7-1-1996)

Special Council Meetings

Special meetings of the Council may be held by the Mayor or by any 3 Councilmen at any time. The call for the meeting must be in writing and must be mailed to the Mayor and all Councilmen, excepting those who signed the call, at least 2 days before the meeting, or must be delivered at least 3 hours before the meeting to each in person or left at his usual place of abode in a conspicuous place or in the hands of a member of his family at least 15 years old.

The purpose or purposes of the meeting shall be set forth in the call, and no other business shall be transacted at such meeting. The call shall be read at the meeting and shall be entered in full in the journal. (Prior Code, Sec. 1-2)


A majority of the members of the Council shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a less number may adjourn to any date prior to the next regular meeting. The Council shall have and sit with open doors at legislative sessions and shall keep a journal of its proceedings which shall be a public record. (Prior Code, Sec. 1-3)

Order of Business

The Council shall attend to the business before it in the following order:

  • Roll call
  • Reading of minutes of the previous meeting
  • Presentation of petitions, memorials and other communications and the hearing of citizens
  • Reports of special committees
  • Reports of standing committees in their order
  • Presentation of propositions and motions
  • Reading and passage of ordinances
  • Acting upon claims
  • Reports of officers
  • Unfinished business (Prior Code, Sec. 1-4)

Rules; Suspension

The rules may be temporarily suspended by a vote of two-thirds of those voting on the question of suspension; but shall not be repealed, altered, or amended, except by ordinance. (Prior Code, Sec. 1-6)