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Sec. 4.6. Meetings of the council.

(a) The Council shall provide by resolution for the time and place of its regular meetings and shall hold at least two (2) regular meetings each month. If any time set for the holding of a regular meeting of the Council shall be a holiday, then such regular meeting shall be held at the same time and place on the next secular day which is not a holiday.

(b) Special meetings of the Council may be called by the Clerk on the written request of the Mayor, the City Manager, or of any two (2) members of the Council, on at least twenty-four (24) hours written notice to each member of the Council, designating the time, place, and purpose of any such meeting and served personally or left at his usual place of residence by the Clerk or someone designated by him. Notwithstanding the foregoing requirements for the calling of special meetings, any special meeting of the Council at which all members of the Council are present or have, in writing, waived the requirement that notice be given at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the time specified for the holding of such meeting and at which a quorum of the Council is present, shall be a legal meeting.

(c) No business shall be transacted at any special meeting of the Council unless the same has been stated in the notice of such meeting. However, if all the members of the Council are present at any special meeting of the Council, then any business which might lawfully come before a regular meeting of the Council may be transacted at such special meeting.

(d) All regular and special meetings of the Council shall be open to the public and the rules of order of the Council shall provide that citizens shall have a reasonable opportunity to be heard.

(e) Three (3) members of the Council shall be a quorum for the transaction of business at all meetings of the Council, but, in the absence of a quorum, two (2) members may adjourn any regular or special meetings to a later date.

(f) The Council shall determine its own rules and order of business and shall keep a journal of all of its proceedings in the English language which shall be signed by the Mayor and the Clerk. The vote upon the passage of all ordinances, and upon the adoption of all resolutions shall be taken by "Yea" and "Nay" votes and entered upon the record, except that where the vote is unanimous, it shall only be necessary to so state. Each member of the Council who shall be recorded as present shall vote on all questions decided by the Council unless excused by the unanimous consent of the other members present. Any citizen or taxpayer of the city shall have access to the minutes and records of all regular and special meetings of the Council at all reasonable times.

(g) The Council may, by vote of not less than two (2) of its members, compel the attendance of its members and other officers of the city at its regular and special meetings and enforce orderly conduct therein, and any member of the Council or other officer of the city who refuses to attend such meetings or conduct himself in an orderly manner thereat shall be deemed of misconduct in office. The chief police officer of the city shall serve as the Sergeant-at-arms of the Council in the enforcement of the provisions of this section.


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