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City Council Standing Rules

The City of Clinton has standing rules governing the dates and times as well as format and procedures of the meetings of the City Council.  The rules are to govern the conduct of the Council and are to be interpreted to ensure fair and open deliberation and decision making.  These rules have been formally adopted and incorporated into the City's Code of Ordinances under Chapter 30.  The following is a brief listing of some of the rules.  

The Council holds its regular meetings at the Council chambers at the City Hall on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 5:00 p.m. Regularly scheduled meetings may be rescheduled when they fall on holidays or because of special circumstances as determined by the Council.

Committee of the Whole meetings are held following the regular Council meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Council Chambers. The purpose of the Committee of the Whole is to identify, define and investigate issues and to determine by majority vote those questions of policy which are to be forwarded to the Council for decision. Action on any motion during Council Committee of the Whole meetings shall be interpreted as a determination regarding placing an item or issue on the agenda of a regular Council meeting, and shall not constitute a decision on the item or issue.

The presiding officer of the Council is the Mayor or in the absence of the Mayor, the Mayor Pro Tem. In the absence of the Mayor and the Mayor Pro Tem, the remaining members of the Council shall elect a temporary presiding officer by majority vote.
Four of the seven Council members constitutes a quorum.
Citizens are encouraged to attend any and all regular Council meetings, all Council Committee of the Whole meetings, all board and commission meetings and any special task force meetings. For specific issues, such as petitions presented by citizens, public input may be solicited by any Council member. If citizen input is needed for information or opinion, the affected party shall be notified of the time and place of the meeting. During Council Committee of the Whole, board and commission meetings and task force meetings, the public may be invited to provide information or opinion on any agenda item by members of the Committee or by the Mayor.
Any matter or order or procedure not covered by these rules shall be referred to the presiding officer, who shall decide the matter with the assistance and advice of the City Attorney or a representative of the City Attorney, in conformity with the purpose of these rules in a fair and expeditious manner. Robert’s Rules of Order (as revised), where applicable, unless abolished by this chapter, shall be followed.