Actions of Council
The Town Council acts in a number of ways to provide the policies by which the Town is operated. Adoption of ordinances is the most formal and binding type of Council legislation. A vote of the Council is taken on any ordinance with three (3) affirmative votes necessary for passage. Some ordinances require a public hearing to give citizens an opportunity to be heard and must be advertised in a newspaper. After the public hearing, the Council may vote whether to table the ordinance, continue the public hearing, and/or adopt or reject the ordinance. Three votes are necessary in any of the above actions. If adopted, the ordinance then becomes effective on the date designated as the effective date.
Resolutions are written legal actions passed by the Council by majority vote and are less formal than an ordinance. Resolutions are used in several ways: to recognize individuals, to make requests of other agencies, to commemorate special actions, occasions, or dates and to express the intent of future actions of the Council.
Motions are informal resolutions verbally made and passed by a majority vote of the Council.