Section 2-39 Rules of Procedure

(a) Agenda.All reports, communications, ordinances, resolutions, contract documents or other matters to be submitted to the council should be delivered or submitted to the clerk prior to its meeting.

(b) Rules of debate and decorum.

  1. Manner of speaking.Every member desiring to speak shall address the chair and upon recognition by the mayor shall confine himself to the question under debate, avoiding all personalities and indecorous language.
  2. Interrupting the speaker.A member, once recognized, shall not be interrupted when speaking, unless it is to call him to order or as otherwise provided under applicable rules of parliamentary procedure. If a member, while speaking, is called to order, he shall cease speaking until the question of order is determined and, if in order, he shall be permitted to proceed.
  3. Addressing the council.Any person desiring to address the council shall first secure the permission of the mayor. Any interested parties or their authorized representatives may address the council on matters listed on the agenda of the council. After a motion is before the council, no person shall address the council without first securing the permission of the council to do so.
  4. Manner of addressing council; time limit.Every person addressing the council shall give his name and address for the records, and unless special time is granted by the council, shall limit his remarks to ten minutes. All remarks shall be addressed to the council as a body and not to any member thereof. No person, other than councilmembers and the person having the floor, shall be permitted to enter into any discussion either directly or through a member of the council. No question shall be asked a member except through the mayor.
  5. Request to have statement abstracted.A member may request from the mayor the privilege of having an abstract of his statement on any subject under consideration by the council entered in the minutes.
  6. Request to record synopsis of discussion in the minutes.The clerk may be directed by the mayor, with consent of the council, to enter in the minutes a synopsis of the discussion on any question coming before the council.
  7. Questions of order.All questions of order shall be decided by the mayor without debate, subject to an appeal to the council.
  8. Questions of procedure.When any point of procedure shall arise, the latest revised edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall determine the question of procedure.

(Code 1981, § 2-1025)