ARTICLE III. TOWN COUNCIL

Sec. 2‑101. Compensation.

 The compensation of the councilmembers shall be two hundred dollars ($200.00) per calendar month, so long as the member serves the entire month.  For months during which a councilmember serves less than one full calendar month, the amount of compensation shall be computed by multiplying $200 times a fraction, the numerator of which is the number of days during a calendar month that a councilmember serves and the denominator of which is 30.  At no time shall the rate of compensation be increased before the date on which the next regular town election occurs or would occur but for a lack of opposed candidates.   Councilmembers may decline to accept any monthly compensation payment.  Said action shall be treated by the Town as a non-payment of compensation.  Any decision to decline compensation must be in writing by the affected councilmember and filed with the town clerk. (Code 1962, 2‑12; Ord. No. 88‑4, 1, 1‑26‑88; Ord. 94-5, 1, 5-17-94; Ord. 06-15, 1, 10-17-06; Ord. 10-08, 1, 6-15-10 )

Charter reference‑‑Compensation to be established by ordinance, 2.04.

Sec. 2‑102. Meetings to be public.

 All meetings of the council shall be open to the public, except as otherwise permitted by law. (Code 1962, 2‑20; Ord. No. 247, 4, 5‑15‑79; Ord. No. 01-07, 3, 4-17-01)

Charter reference‑‑Similar provisions, 2.08(1).

State law reference-– Sunshine law, F.S. 286.011.

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*Charter reference‑‑Town council generally, Art. II.

State law reference‑‑General grant of home rule powers, Fla. Const., Art. VIII, 2(b); F.S. 166.021.

Sec. 2-103.  Time, place for regular meetings.

The council shall meet regularly at least once each month on the Wednesday preceding the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, unless notice of a different place, date, or time is posted in Town Hall and published at least ten (10) days in advance in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the town. Meetings shall generally be held at a place within the corporate limits of the town; provided, that from time to time the Town Council is authorized to hold its meetings outside the corporate limits of the Town. (Code 1962, 2‑20; Ord. No. 247, 4, 5‑15‑79; Ord. No. 88‑5, 1, 1‑26‑88; Ord. No. 89‑3, 1, 1‑17‑89; Ord. No. 96-10, 1, 8-20-96; Ord. No. 98-3, 1, 2-3-98; Ord. 00-07, 1, 7-18-00; Ord. 15-01, 1, 11-18-14)

Charter reference‑‑Regular meetings to be provided for by ordinance, 2.08(2).

Sec. 2‑104. Special meetings.

 Special meetings may be called by the council at any regular or special meeting, or by the Town Manager. Each such special meeting shall be held at a place authorized for regular council meetings, and shall be limited to the subjects specified in the call for it. Except if previously called at a regular or special meeting, no such special meeting shall be held unless notice thereof is individually given to each council member by the town clerk who shall disclose the subjects to be discussed, and notice thereof shall be posted in the town hall at least twenty‑four (24) hours in advance, and also be published at least twenty‑four (24) hours in advance in at least one newspaper of general circulation in the town. (Code 1962, 2‑20; Ord. No. 247, 4, 5‑15‑79; Ord. No. 17-16, 2, 9-13-17)

Charter reference‑‑Ordinance to provide for special meetings, 2.08(3).

Sec. 2‑105. Emergency meetings.

 Any member of the council or the Town Manager may call an emergency meeting of the town council. Emergency meetings shall not be called unless there is a clear and present emergency affecting the health or welfare of the town which needs to be dealt with immediately.   Emergency meetings shall be held within or without the corporate limits of the Town at the time and place provided in the call for the meeting.  No action shall be taken at any such emergency meeting without a three‑fourths (3/4) vote of council present at said meeting so long as a quorum is present. The council members or Town Manager calling the meeting will notify the town clerk of the nature of the emergency. The town clerk will notify other council members stating that an emergency meeting has been called and briefly explaining the subject matter or nature of the emergency as well as notifying them of the time and place of the meeting. Actions taken at emergency meetings must be ratified at the next regularly scheduled meeting. (Ord. No. 247, 4, 5‑15‑79; Ord. 00-07, 1, 7-18-00; Ord. No. 17-16, 3, 9-13-17)

Charter reference‑‑Ordinance to provide for emergency meetings, 2.08(4).

Sec. 2‑106. Rules of procedure.

 All meetings of the council shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, except that the rules may be waived for particular purposes by unanimous consent of the council. (Code 1962, 2‑21)

Sec. 2-107. Interrupting deliberations.

 No person shall at any time, or for any cause, interrupt the deliberations of the council while in session in any meeting, without first obtaining the consent of the presiding officer, under penalty of expulsion from the meeting place. (Code 1962, 2‑22)

Sec. 2‑108. Police to attend, keep order.

 At least one police officer shall attend each meeting of the council for the purpose of keeping order. (Code 1962, 2‑23)

Sec. 2‑109. Filling vacancies on council.

 Any vacancy in the office of mayor or that of any other council member may, and if it has an unexpired term of more than ninety (90) days shall, be filled by the town council within sixty (60) days from the date on which the vacancy occurred, and a successor for the balance (if any) of the unexpired term on the date of the regular town election next following the occurrence of the vacancy shall then be elected for the balance of such term. (Code 1962, 2‑24; Ord. No. 247, 5, 5‑15‑79)

Charter reference‑‑Similar provisions, 2.06.

Sec. 2‑110. Standing advisory committees.

 (a)Established. The following standing committees shall be appointed by the council to act in an advisory capacity to the council:

(1)      Parks/Recreation/Beautification

(2)      Budget and Finance

(3)      Civil Service Board

(b)                Number of members. Each standing advisory committee shall have such number of members as the council may provide, or as may be otherwise provided by this code.

(c)    Terms. Each member of a standing advisory committee shall serve for a term of one year (three hundred sixty‑five (365) days).

(d)  Liaison with council. The council may designate one of its members to act as liaison between each committee and the council. (Code 1962, 2‑15; Ord. No. 85‑8, 1, 5‑21‑85; Ord. No. 85‑13, 1, 6‑18‑85; Ord. No. 90‑3, 1, 1‑16‑90; Ord. No. 97-5, 1, 5-6-97; Ord. 98-5, 2, 3-17-98; Ord. No. 00-06, 2, 7-18-00)

Sec. 2‑111. Special advisory committees.

 There shall be such special advisory committees appointed by the council as the council shall from time to time determine. (Code 1962, 2‑16)

Sec. 2‑112. Removal of board and committee members.

        (a)  Members of boards and committees  – other than the Board of Adjustment, Civil Service Board, Code Enforcement Board or Zoning and Planning Board – may be removed during their terms as determined by a majority of the town council.         (b)  Members of the following boards or committees: Board of Adjustment, Civil Service Board, Code Enforcement Board or Zoning and Planning Board may be removed during their terms as determined by a majority of the town council consistent with the provisions of Section 112.501, Florida Statutes.

(Code 1962, 2‑15; Ord. No. 201, 2, 8‑17‑76; Ord. No. 10-12, 1, 9-16-10)

Sec. 2‑113. Limitation on terms of certain board and committee members.

 The town council shall limit the terms of members of certain boards and committees as follows:

(1)  With the exception of a member of the code enforcement board, whose term is provided bySection 162.05, Florida Statutes, a member of the civil service board, and a member of the board of trustees of the police officers’ and firefighters’ retirement trust fund, whose term is as provided by Section 185.05 and 175, Florida Statutes, and a member of the board of trustees of the general employees’ pension plan, all town council appointments or reappointments to a town board or committee, occurring on or after January 1, 1989, shall provide that the appointee shall serve a term of not longer than one year (one year = three hundred sixty‑five (365) days). Said appointee shall be eligible for reappointment to said board or committee; provided, always that the appointee shall meet all other applicable town requirements for appointment.

(2)  A citizen who is otherwise eligible to be appointed to a Town board may be appointed by the Town Council to serve on more than one town board at any one period in time; provided, that the prohibition against dual office holding as set forth in Article II, Section 5 of the Florida Constitution of 1968 is not violated.

(3)  Nothing stated above shall be interpreted to prevent a town board or committee member from serving on one board or committee, vacating the position on said board or committee, and then being appointed to another board or committee.  (Ord. No. 89‑4, 1, 1‑17‑89; Ord. No. 90‑3, 2, 1‑16‑90; Ord. No. 98-5, 3, 3-17-98; Ord. No. 00-06, 2, 7-18-00; Ord. No. 01-07, 4, 4-17-01)

 Sec. 2‑114.  Repealed.

Secs. 2-115‑‑2‑122. Reserved.