City Council meets each Thursday beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the City Council Chamber on the first floor of the Municipal Plaza Building located at Main and Commerce streets. City Council normally meets weekly; however, no meetings are scheduled on the fourth Thursday of each month in order to provide Councilmembers the opportunity to have scheduling flexibility for District and constituent obligations or other commitments requiring their attendance. Other meetings may be rescheduled due to holidays, special events, or to allow staff to devote time to issues such as producing the City’s Annual Budget.
On occasion, the Council may be called in to a special meeting by the City Clerk upon written request of the Mayor, City Manager, or three members of the City Council. The Council may also meet at locations other than City Hall for specific public hearings and for informal work sessions. Councilmembers meet each Wednesday except for the fourth Wednesday of the month at 2:00 p.m. for "B" Session, a work session used for detailed staff presentations, and Executive Session. Executive Sessions are closed to the public, by state law, for consultation concerning attorney-client matters, real estate, economic development matters, litigation, contracts, personnel or security matters.
Meetings of the City Council -- regular ("A" session), special, and work sessions -- are open to the public. The City Council must be in open session in order to take formal action on any matter. Ordinances are municipal laws adopted by the City Council to maintain the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens. The Council also may consider Resolutions, which are statements of policy or support for a specific issue but may not require fiscal or staff resources. Six votes of the Council are needed to approve or disapprove any Council item.
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