§ 2-8. Meeting procedures.  

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  • (a) Quorum. The city clerk shall determine the presence of a quorum as required by law and these rules.

    (b) Call to order. The mayor shall call the meeting to order at the appointed time. In the absence of the mayor, the vice-mayor shall call the meeting to order. In the absence of the mayor and vice-mayor, the most senior commissioner present shall call the meeting to order.

    (c) Presiding officer. The mayor shall be the presiding officer at all commission meetings. In the absence of the mayor, the vice-mayor shall be the presiding officer. In the absence of the mayor and vice-mayor, the most senior commissioner present shall be the presiding officer.

    (d) Control of discussion. The presiding officer shall control discussion of the commission on each agenda item to ensure full participation in accordance with these rules.

    (e) Order of consideration. Each agenda item shall be considered in the order as shown on the published agenda. With the consent of the commission, however, any agenda item may be considered out of order at the request of a commissioner or the city manager.

    (f) Public hearing. Public hearings shall be held as required by F.S. ch. 166, or other applicable legislation. A public hearing shall commence when declared open by the presiding officer and shall conclude when declared closed by the presiding officer. The presiding officer shall close the public hearing after all citizens have been given the opportunity to speak on the matter under consideration.

    (g) Motion required. All actions requiring a vote shall be moved and seconded by members of the commission.

    (h) Motion to reconsider. A motion to reconsider may be made by a commission member and shall require a majority vote of the commission unless a greater number was required for the original action.

    (i) Closing discussion on matters not requiring a public hearing. Discussion on matters not requiring a public hearing shall be closed by the presiding officer with a call for a vote. A call for a vote shall not close discussion if any commissioner still wishes to be heard except as provided in paragraph (j) of this section. If discussion has preceded the making of a motion, discussion shall be closed with a call for a motion.

    (j) Call for a vote. At the conclusion of discussion, the presiding officer shall call for a vote, however, a majority of the commission may require a vote at any time.

    (k) Recording of motion and vote. The city clerk shall record the name of the commissioner making each motion, the second, and the vote of each commission member in accordance with requirements of F.S. § 286.012. All votes enacting any ordinance or adopting any resolution shall be cast verbally by roll call of the members. A voice vote may be taken on any other matter. When a voice vote is taken, the presiding officer shall state the result of the vote and the name of each commissioner casting a dissenting vote.

    (l) Consideration of matters not on the agenda. At the close of the regular agenda, any commissioner may bring a matter not on the agenda to the commission's attention, however no official action shall be taken on the matter. Upon the request of a commissioner, the matter may be included on a later agenda.

    (m) Adjournment. The presiding officer shall adjourn the meeting when there are no further matters to be discussed by the commission or the public.

(Ord. No. 98-02, § 1, 1-20-98; Ord. No. 2009-08, § 1, 4-9-09)