CHAPTER 3: COUNCIL MEETINGS

Section 3.01, Council Meetings. 
The Council shall meet regularly at least twice a month at such times and places as the Council may designate by rule. The Mayor or any three Council Members may call special meetings of the Council upon at least twelve hours notice to each member and such reasonable public notice as may be prescribed by Council rule in compliance with the laws of the State of Minnesota. To the extent provided by law, all meetings of the Council and its committees shall be public and any citizen shall have access to the minutes and records of the Council at all reasonable times.

Section 3.02, Electronic Communications.  
The Council may, by ordinance, authorize meetings and public hearings of the Council and all of the commissions, boards, and committees of the City to be held by any means of communication through which the members thereof and other persons who take part in or are present at such meeting or hearing may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting or hearing. Participation in a meeting or hearing by that means shall constitute presence in person at the meeting or hearing.

Section 3.03, Secretary Of The Council.  
Unless the Council designates another City official or employee to do so, the City Clerk shall act as Secretary of the Council. The Clerk shall keep a journal of Council proceedings and perform such other duties as this Charter or the Council may require. The Council may designate any other City official or employee, except the City Administrator or a Council Member, to act as Secretary of the Council.

Section 3.04, Rules Of Procedure And Quorum. 
(Amended by Ordinance Number 168, Second Series, on March 8, 2005.)
The Council shall determine its own rules and order of business. The Mayor or Assistant Mayor and five Council Members shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time. The Council may by rule provide a means by which a minority may compel the attendance of absent members.

Section 3.05, Ordinances, Resolutions, And Motions.  
Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, all legislation shall be by ordinance.  The votes of Council Members on any action taken shall be recorded in accordance with statute. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, an affirmative vote of five Council Members, or four Council Members and the Mayor or the Assistant Mayor in the event of a tie, shall be required for the adoption of all ordinances and resolutions.

Section 3.06, Procedure On Ordinances. 
Every proposed ordinance shall be presented in writing. No ordinance shall contain more than one subject which shall be clearly expressed in its title. The enacting clause shall be: “The City of Crookston ordains.”  No ordinance, except an emergency ordinance, shall be adopted at the meeting at which it is introduced and at least three days shall elapse between its introduction and final passage.

Section 3.07, Emergency Ordinances. 
An emergency ordinance is an ordinance necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, morals, safety or welfare in which the emergency is defined and declared in a preamble and the ordinance is adopted by a vote of at least seven Council Members.

Section 3.08, Procedure On Resolutions.  
Every resolution shall be presented in writing.

Section 3.09, Signing And Publication Of Ordinances And Resolutions.  
Every ordinance or resolution passed by the Council shall be signed by the Mayor, attested by the City Clerk, and filed and preserved by the City Clerk. Every ordinance shall be published at least once in the official newspaper. To the extent and in the manner provided by law, an ordinance may incorporate by reference a statute, state administrative rule or regulation of Minnesota, a code, or ordinance or part thereof, without publishing the material referred to in full.

Section 3.10, When Ordinances And Resolutions Take Effect. 
Every resolution and emergency ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its passage or at such later date as it specifies.  All other ordinances shall take effect immediately after passage and publication or at such later date as it specifies.

Section 3.11, Amendment And Repeal Of Ordinances And Resolutions. 
Every ordinance or resolution repealing all or part of a previous ordinance or resolution shall give the number, if any, and the title of the ordinance or resolution to be repealed in whole or in part. No ordinance or resolution shall be amended by reference to the title alone, but such an amending ordinance or resolution shall set forth in full each section or subdivision to be amended and shall indicate by appropriate type or symbols matter to be omitted or added.

Section 3.12, Revision And Codification Of Ordinances.  
The City may revise, rearrange and codify its ordinances with such additions and deletions as may be deemed necessary. The ordinance code may be published in book, pamphlet or continuously revised loose-leaf form and copies shall be made available by the Council at the office of the City Clerk for general distribution to the public free or for a reasonable charge. Publication in such a code shall be a sufficient publication of any ordinance provision not previously published if a notice that copies of the codification are available at the office of the City Clerk is published in the official newspaper for at least two successive weeks.