ORDINANCE NO. 3118
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 2 OF THE CODE OF THE CITY OF AUBURN PROVIDING FOR RULES OF PROCEDURE FOR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS. BE IT ORDAINED by
the City Council of the City of Auburn, Alabama, as follows: Section 1. That Section 2-4 of Chapter 2 Article I of The Code of the City of Auburn is hereby amended as follows: Chapter 2 –
Administration Article I – In General Sec. 2-4 – Rules of Procedure, Order of Business for City Council Meetings
(1)The following rules of procedure and order of business for regular meetings be, and the same hereby are established to govern the deliberations and meetings of the City Council of
a. The regular meeting of the city council shall be held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The time and place for regular meetings may be changed by resolution of the city
council if the action is taken at least one week prior to the regular meeting that is subject to postponement or cancellation.
b. Special meetings may be held at the call of the mayor by serving notice on each member of the city council, not less than twenty-four (24) hours before the time set for such special
meetings, or special meetings may be held whenever two (2) council persons request in writing that the mayor call such meeting.
c. A majority of the whole qualified membership of the council shall constitute a quorum, as provided for by Code of Ala. 1975, § 11-43A-24.
d. The city council as committee of the whole shall meet at 6:30 p.m., or at a time established by the city manager, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month for a staff briefing for
review and discussion of the agenda.
e. All regular meetings shall convene at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber, Public Safety Building, 141 North Ross Street, Auburn, Alabama, and all meetings, regular or special, shall be
open to the public.
f. The order of business at regular city council meetings shall be as follows:
1.Call to order.
3.Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence.
5.Auburn University communications.
6.Citizens' communications on agenda items.
7.City manager's communications.
8.Consideration of consent agenda.
12.Citizens' open forum.
g. Motions shall be reduced to writing when requested by the presiding officer of the city council or any member of the city council.
h. Motions to reconsider may be made only by a member who voted with the majority, and at the same or next succeeding meeting of the city council.
i. Whenever it shall be requested by one or more of the members of the council,and whenever required by law, the "yeas" and "nays" shall be recorded.
j. All questions of order shall be decided by the presiding officer of the council,with the right to appeal to the entire city council by any member thereof.
k. Motions to lay any matter on the table shall be first in order; and on all questions, the last amendment, the most distant day, and the largest sum, shall be first put.
l. A motion for adjournment shall always be in order.
m. No ordinance of permanent operation shall be passed at the meeting at which it was introduced except by unanimous consent of all members of the council present. If all members of
the council present vote for the passage of the ordinance and their names are entered on the record as voting in favor thereof, it shall be construed as giving unanimous consent to the
action taken upon such ordinance at the meeting at which it is introduced.
n. Every ordinance introduced shall be in writing and the title read by the city manager prior to a vote of the city council.
o. Any member of city council may propose a new ordinance or amendment to an existing ordinance. The affirmative vote of the majority of the city council members constituting a
quorum at a committee of the whole meeting held before a regular meeting of the city council shall be required for the city manager to prepare and publicly advertise said new ordinance
or amendment for consideration at a regular meeting of the city council. This shall not prohibit or hinder the ability or duty of the city manager to bring forth a proposed new ordinance or
amendment to an existing ordinance nor shall it limit the ability of a council member to motion for reconsideration per Section2-4(1)h.
p. Any member of the city council or any other person addressing the city council,who desires that his or her remarks be recorded verbatim in the minutes of the meeting, shall submit a
written copy of his or her remarks to the city manager not later than the adjournment of the meeting.
q. The city council may adopt, by resolution, procedures for conducting public hearings and for receiving public input on agenda matters of city business and of a general nature.
r. For any procedure not otherwise specified in this section, Roberts' Rules of Order shall govern.
s. Items on the consent agenda are considered routine and non-controversial and will be approved with a single motion. Consent agenda items may include previous meeting minutes,
alcoholic beverage license requests, board appointments, contracts and agreements, and right-of-way and easement dedications. Ordinances or agenda items requiring a public hearing
will not be included in the consent agenda. Any item can be removed from the consent agenda by a city council member for discussion and vote.
(2)The rules of procedure of the city council may be altered, amended, or temporarily suspended by a vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present, except as otherwise prohibited by
(3)Any rules of city council procedure which have been previously adopted and in effect are hereby repealed.
Section 2. That this ordinance shall take effect beginning with the regular meeting of the City Council on November 20, 2018
ADOPTED AND APPROVED by the City Council of the City of Auburn, Alabama, this the 5th day of November, 2018.
/s/ Ron Anders, Jr., Mayor
/s/ James C. Buston, III, City Manager
July 11, 2019