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Chapter 3. Governing Body

Sec. 3-36. Established.

(1) When two or more members of the council simultaneously seek recognition, the presiding officer shall name the member who is to speak first.

(2) No person other than a member shall address the council unless authorized by the mayor or by the vote of a majority of the council members present.

(3) No motion shall be discussed or acted upon until it has been seconded. No motion shall be withdrawn without the consent of the person making the motion and the person seconding it.

(4) When a question is under discussion, no other action shall be in order except the following motions which shall have precedence in the order listed:

  1. To adjourn;
  2. To lay on the table;
  3. To move the previous question;
  4. To postpone to a certain day;
  5. To refer to committee;
  6. To ammend; or
  7. To postpone indefinitely.

(5) Any member desiring to terminate debate may move the previous question, in which event the presiding officer shall announce the question as, "Shall the main question now be put?" If a majority of the members present vote in the affirmative, the main question shall be taken without further debate, its effect being to put an end to all debate and bring the council to a direct vote, first upon any pending amendments and then upon the main question.

(6) Any alderperson may demand an aye and nay vote on any matter, and such vote shall be entered in the proceedings. A majority vote of all members of the council in favor of any proposed ordinance, resolution or appointment shall be necessary for passage or approval unless a larger number is required by statute including budget resolutions pursuant to 65.90(5) Wis. Stats. Except as otherwise provided by the rules in this chapter, a majority vote of those present shall prevail in all other cases.

(7) A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and a motion to adjourn or to lay on the table and a call for the previous question shall be decided without debate.

(8) All ordinances, resolutions, communications and other matters submitted to the council shall be read by title and author and, when deemed necessary or advisable, referred to an appropriate committee by the council. The mayor shall read each matter into the record. The clerk shall record each such reference by title. Any alderperson may require the reading in full of any matter at any time it is before the council.

(9) All ordinances presented to the council, by whatever method, shall only be acted upon by the council at the next regular meeting, unless this provision is suspended pursuant to section 3-38 of this chapter.

(10) All resolutions or other actions appropriating money or creating any charge against the city other than the payment of claims for purchases or work previously authorized by the council, including resolutions authorizing general obligations bonds or notes, may be acted upon by the council at a meeting at which such resolution or other action is presented, either by the mayor, an alderperson, the city administrator or a committee of the council, unless a deferment to the next regular meeting is requested by the mayor and any three alderpersons or by any four alderpersons, expressed in a vote duly taken for that purpose.

(11) Whenever the presiding officer shall desire to speak upon any question, or to make any motion, except to impart information, he shall vacate the chair and designate the president of the council, if present and, if not, any alderperson to preside temporarily.

(Code 1982, 2.07)