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(A) Disorderly conduct.
(1) No person shall disrupt the orderly conduct of a Council meeting. Prohibited disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, shouting, making disruptive noises, such as boos or hisses, creating or participating in a physical disturbance, speaking out of turn or in violation of applicable rules, preventing or attempting to prevent others who have the floor from speaking, preventing others from observing the meeting, entering into or remaining in an area of the meeting room that is not open to the public, or approaching the Council table without consent. Any message to or contact with any Council member while the Council is in session must be made through the City Clerk.
(a) Recognition by Mayor. Council members shall not address the meeting until recognized by the presiding officer.
(b) Two or more speakers. When two or more Council members request to be recognized at once, the presiding officer shall recognize and name the Council member who is to speak first.
(c) Speaking more than once on one question. No Council member shall be recognized to speak twice on the same matter until every Council member desiring to comment on the matter has spoken.
(d) Inappropriate language and behavior. The Mayor, Council members, City Administrator and staff shall at all times conduct themselves civilly. No person shall be permitted to shout, curse or use personally offensive language directed at other individuals.
(e) Person called to order. Any person called to order by the presiding officer shall immediately desist in the objectionable behavior.
(f) Private discourse prohibited. While any person is addressing the meeting, who has been duly recognized by the presiding officer, no person shall hold any disruptive or distracting private conversation.
(g) Removal. Any of the following shall be sufficient cause for law enforcement personnel, by order of the presiding officer, to remove any person from the Council chambers or meeting hall for the duration of the meeting:
1. Unreasonably loud or disruptive language, noise or conduct which obstructs the work of conducting of the business of the Council;
2. Willful injury of furnishings or of the interior of the Council chambers or meeting hall;
3. Refusal to obey the rules of conduct, including the limitations on occupancy and seating capacity; or
4. Refusal to obey an order of the presiding officer or an order approved by a majority of the Council present.
(2) Except where a disruptive person presents a physical danger to others (in which case law enforcement personnel will immediate apprehend and remove the person), the presiding officer shall give a warning to a disruptive person before ordering the person’s removal. If a meeting is disrupted by more than one member of the audience and where it appears a general breakdown of order has occurred or will occur, the presiding officer or a majority of the Council present may order that the Council chambers or other meeting hall be cleared.
(B) Enforcement of decorum. The presiding officer is the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Council meetings. That person maintains order and decorum at the Council meetings. Physical removal, when necessary, will be undertaken by law enforcement personnel.
(C) Action by verbal motion. Verbal motions of the Council shall be stated clearly. In the case of an ambiguous or confusing motion capable of several interpretations, the presiding officer shall, as soon as practicable following the initial statement of the motion, clarify the intent of the motion so as to ensure all Council members understand its meaning and intent. In such cases, Council members should be asked to amend their motions by friendly amendment.
(Res. 2017-287, passed 10-9-2017)