Chapter III - Procedure of Council

  • Section 3.07 - Ordinance 09-09
  • Section 3.01 - Ordinance 12-17 & 12-18
  • Sec. 3.01 Council Meetings. All meetings of the Council are public meetings, except as otherwise permitted by law. Any person may inspect the minutes and records of the Council meetings at reasonable times and may request copies thereof, pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, or as may be amended.
    • Subd. 1. Regular Meetings. On the first business day of January in the year following a regular municipal election, the Council shall meet at the usual place and time for the holding of Council meetings. At this time, the newly elected members of the Council shall take their oath of office and assume their duties. Thereafter, the Council shall meet at such times each month as may be prescribed by ordinance or resolution.
    • Subd. 2. Special Meetings. The Mayor or any 3 members of the Council may call special meetings of the Council upon at least 3 business days advance written notice to each member of the Council, delivered personally to each member or left at his or her usual place of residence with a responsible person. The written notice must also state the item or items to be discussed at the special meeting.
    • Subd. 3 Emergency Meetings. The Mayor or any 3 members of the Council may call emergency meetings of the Council upon at least 24 hours notice to each member of the Council delivered personally to each member or left at his or her usual place of residence with a responsible person.
  • Sec. 3.02 Secretary of Council. The City Clerk, or a deputy clerk, shall act as Secretary of the Council, and shall keep a journal of Council proceedings and such other records and perform such other duties as may be required by this Charter or the Council may require. The Council shall choose such other officers and employees as may be necessary to serve at its meetings. In the absence of the City Clerk or deputy, the Council may designate any other official or employee of the City, except the City manager or a member of the Council, to act as secretary to the Council. A deputy clerk shall be authorized to certify Council minutes or extracts therefrom or any other documents relating to City affairs in the same manner and with the same authority as the Clerk.
  • Sec. 3.03. Rules of Procedure and Quorum. The Council shall determine its own rules and order of business. A majority of all members elected shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from time to time. The Council may by ordinance provide a means by which absent members may be compelled to attend.
  • Sec. 3.04. Ordinances, Resolutions, and Motions. Except as in this Charter otherwise provided, all legislation shall be by ordinance. The Council shall keep a journal of its proceedings and the ayes and nays when taken on any question shall be entered on such journal. Any member of the Council who, being present when his or her name is called, fails to vote up any pending motion, in a tone plainly understood by the presiding officer, shall be counted as having voted in the negative.
    • Subd. 1. An affirmative vote of a majority of all the members of the Council shall be required for the passage of all ordinances, resolutions and motions, except as otherwise provided in State Law or this Charter.
    • Subd. 2. An affirmative vote of at least 5 members of the Council shall be required for the passage of the certification of the annual levy to the County Auditor or the passage of the annual budget.
      • Section 3.10 – Ordinance 97-14
      • Section 3.10 - Ordinance 08-27
  • Sec. 3.05. Procedure on Ordinances. The enacting clause of all ordinances shall be in the words, "The City of West Saint Paul does ordain". Every ordinance shall be presented in writing. No ordinance except an emergency ordinance, shall be passed at the meeting at which it is introduced. At least 1 week prior to the final passage of every ordinance, except an emergency ordinance, a statement of its purpose and the time and place of its consideration shall be published once in the official newspaper.
  • Sec. 3.06. 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 therein and declared in a preamble thereto, and is adopted by a vote of at least 4 members of the Council. No prosecution shall be based upon the provisions of an emergency ordinance until 24 hours after the ordinance has been filed with the City Clerk and until the ordinance has been published, unless the person charged with violation had actual notice of the passage of the ordinance prior to the act or omission complained of.
  • Sec. 3.07. Procedure on Resolutions. Every resolution shall be presented in writing before a vote is taken thereon, unless the written requirement is dispensed with by unanimous consent.
  • Sec. 3.08. Signing and Publication of Ordinance 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. Every ordinance, but only such resolutions as may be designated by the Mayor or by 2 other members of the Council, shall be published at least in the official newspapers. To the extent and in the manner provided by law, an ordinance may incorporate by reference a status of Minnesota, a State administrative rule or a regulation, a code, or ordinance or part thereof without publishing the material to in full.
  • Sec. 3.09. When Ordinances and Resolutions Take Effect. Ordinances and resolutions are effective immediately upon passage and publication unless a later date is stated in the ordinance or resolution. An ordinance adopted by the voters under Chapter V is effective upon its adoption, unless a later date is stated in the ordinance.
  • Sec. 3.10. Amendment and Repeal of Ordinances. Every ordinance repealing a previous ordinance shall give the number, if any, and the title of the ordinance to be repealed. An ordinance amending the City Code or Zoning Ordinance must specify the section or subdivision to be amended. Such amending Ordinance shall indicate new matter by underscoring and matter to be omitted by striking through the omitted matter. In newspaper publication, the same indications of omitted and new matter shall be used except that italics or bold-face type may be substituted for underscoring and omitted matter may be printed in capital letters within parentheses. Pursuant to Minnesota Statues, Section 412.191, in the case of a lengthy ordinance, a summary of the ordinance may be published in the official newspaper in place of the entire ordinance.
  • Sec. 3.11. Revision and Codification of Ordinances. The City may revise, rearrange and codify its ordinances with such additions and deletions as may be deemed necessary by the Council. Such ordinance code shall 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 at a reasonable charge. Publication in such a code shall be 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 2 successive weeks.
  • Sec. 3.12. Code of Ethics. Within 90 days after taking office, each newly elected City Council shall adopt a Code of Ethics.