Actions of the Council

Action Details

Business presented to the City Council is disposed by one of the following actions:

  • Motion - A motion is ordinarily used to indicate the majority of procedural actions, such as an application for license.
  • Referral - When council is not prepared to take definite action or when further study is needed, they may refer a matter to a committee, board, or administrative official for study and report.
  • Resolution - A resolution is broader in scope than a motion and usually covers more items than can be included in a motion.However, a resolution is usually adapted by a motion on a roll call vote.
  • Ordinance - An ordinance or an amendment to an ordinance is a legislative act and requires readings at 3 separate meetings before it can finally be adopted. An ordinance is the most binding and permanent type of council action and can be appealed or amended only by a subsequent ordinance. Depending on the type of ordinance, the council may hold a public hearing which provides the community with official notice that comments will be accepted by council prior to making a decision on the ordinance.

For More Information

If you have any questions or would like to appear on an upcoming agenda, please contact the city clerk's office at 563.264.1550.